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Route 9 Construction Detour June 5 & 6

Due to construction, Route 9 buses will be detouring along South 3rd Street and Tower Street in both directions until Wednesday, June 7. Stops on South 7th between Tower and Hiberta and on Hiberta between S. 7th and S. 3rd will be closed. A temporary outbound stop will be in service on the northeast corner of S. 3rd and Hiberta. Please see the map below, find the detour in the Bus Tracker, or get in touch with any questions.

Route 3 Construction Detour June 5 & 6

Due to construction closures on N. Orange Street, Route 3 buses will be detouring along Spruce, Scott, and Cooley Streets on Monday and Tuesday, June 5 and 6. Bus stops at Kennett/N. 6th St. and N. Orange/N. 2nd St. will be closed.⁠

Please see the map below for detailed routing and find up-to-date information anytime at our Bus Tracker.

Route 12 Detour at Gharrett & 39th St.

Due to construction, outbound Route 12 buses will detour on Rainbow Street to Briggs Street on Wednesday, May 31, and Thursday, June 1. The Gharrett & 39th Street stop will be closed. Please see the map below for detoured routing and see the Transit app or Bus Tracker for up-to-date information. As always, call us with any questions at 721-3333.

Route 4 Detour at Highton and Hwy 200

Due to construction, Route 4 buses will detour along Peacock Street on Thursday, May 25. Highton Street stops will be closed. The inbound bus stop at Speedway and Peacock will move across the street to the northeast corner of the intersection (pictured in green on the map below).

Please see the Transit app or the Bus Tracker for up-to-date information or call us with questions at 721-3333.

Construction Delays Along Route 11

Due to ongoing construction along Broadway, Route 11 is expected to be running with delays. We apologize for the disruption. Please see the Transit app or the Bus Tracker for up-to-date location information. You can also call us for assistance during business hours at 721-3333.

Route 3 Construction Detours Begin May 22

During water main construction on North 6th Street, beginning May 22, Route 3 buses will detour along Stoddard and Holmes Streets. The bus stop at Worden and 6th Street will be closed. Please see the map below for detour routing and open bus stops, and find updates and trip planning help in the Transit app or by phone at 721-3333.

Front & Higgins Route 6 Outbound Stop Closed

The outbound Route 6 stop at Front Street and Higgins Avenue is temporarily closed due to nearby construction. Please see the Transit app for updated directions.

Modified Route 1 and 2 Schedules Begin April 16

Due to ongoing staffing shortages, temporary changes to Route 1 and Route 2 weekday schedules will begin Monday, April 16.

Buses will run every 20 minutes, which may affect some route connections at the Downtown Transfer Center.

Please see the updated schedule here for new departure times and reach us at 406-721-3333 with any questions.

Construction Closure at Arthur & E. Central 4/11-4/12

The intersection of Arthur Avenue and East Central Avenue will be closed during city water main construction work on Tuesday, April 11, and Wednesday, April 12, affecting inbound and outbound bus stops at that intersection. Nearby bus stops on South Avenue should remain open.

Staffing Shortage Forces Temporary Schedule Cuts

MISSOULA, Mont.—Due to an ongoing staffing shortage, Mountain Line began a temporary service modification on Monday, April 3, affecting bus frequency on Routes 8 and 12.

Instead of running at half-hour intervals during peak demand hours in the mornings and late afternoons, both routes will run hourly, allowing 10 employee hours per day to be reallocated and relieving the strain on the current workforce.

Additional service modifications affecting Routes 1 and 2 are scheduled to begin on April 16. Instead of a 15-minute service frequency, Routes 1 and 2 will run at 20-minute intervals, meaning some riders may face slight delays when waiting for connecting routes.

These reductions are expected to last for at least three months and possibly through the summer. No other route or service changes are planned, and Shuttle Van and Paratransit service will continue normally.

Mountain Line has been actively recruiting new bus operators, with a new class to begin training on April 17. In the meantime, temporarily modifying schedules allows the company to continue service without overburdening bus operators and dispatchers.

“The last thing we want to do is cut service,” says Director of Operations Jennifer Sweten. “We tried to hold off as long as we could. But with so many employees out sick during flu season, and a continuing labor shortage, we just had no choice but to relieve the pressure on our current operators.”

Revised schedules for Routes 1 and 2 will be posted shortly; schedules for Routes 8 and 12 are up to date on the Mountain Line website: Maps & Schedules – Mountain Line. The Transit app will be updated with new schedules before Route 1 and 2 changes take effect in two weeks; in the meantime, riders are advised to verify schedules on the Mountain Line website directly and watch Mountain Line’s social media channels for any updates.

Routes 8 and 12 reduced schedules:

Route 8 Outbound buses will depart from the UM Music Building hourly from 6:54 a.m. to 8:54 a.m. and from 10:24 a.m. to 8:24 p.m.

Route 8 Inbound buses will depart from Community Hospital hourly from 6:20 a.m. to 8:20 a.m. and from 9:50 a.m. to 7:50 p.m.

Route 12 Outbound buses will depart from the Downtown Transfer Center hourly from 6:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., and from 5:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

Route 12 Inbound buses will depart from 55th & Gharrett at 6 a.m., hourly from 6:58 a.m. to 12:58 p.m., from 2:28 p.m. to 4:28 p.m., and from 5:43 p.m. to 8:43 p.m.

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Mountain Line was named the top public transit agency in North America in its size in 2021, earning the American Public Transportation Association Outstanding Public Transportation System Achievement Award. The agency also won the Montana Transit Association statewide safety award in 2021. Committed to a zero-tailpipe-emissions fleet by 2035, Mountain Line has a long-standing commitment to clean air, public health, and a more sustainable future. Since becoming a zero-fare system in 2015, ridership has increased nearly 70 percent. During normal times, Mountain Line provides more than 1.5 million rides annually, helping students get to school, employees get to work, and seniors and those living with disabilities stay active, mobile, and independent. By reducing the number of single vehicles on the road, lessening traffic congestion, and investing in electric buses, Mountain Line benefits us all.