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Thanksgiving Closure

Mountain Line will be closed on Thursday, November 23, for Thanksgiving. Normal service will run on Wednesday, November 22, and Friday, November 24.

Sunday Service on Saturday, Nov. 11

Mountain Line will operate Sunday service on Saturday, November 11, for Veterans Day. Please note that we will be running full weekday service on Friday, November 10.

For up-to-date route schedules, see the Maps & Schedules page, plan your trip in the Transit app, or give us a call during office hours at 721-3333.

Bus to Ballot: Your Ride to Vote

Election Day is November 7, which means it’s time to make your plan to get your ballot dropped off. Catch Mountain Line to cast your vote at the following spots from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day next Tuesday:

Elections Center (140 N. Russell St., also open for ballot drop-off 8 a.m.-5 p.m. leading up to Election Day): Route 2

Missoula Public Library (455 E. Main St.): Routes 1, 4, 5, 12

Former Cold Springs School (2625 Briggs St.): Routes 7, 12

C.S. Porter Middle School (2510 W Central Ave.): Routes 6, 8 (Route 9 nearby)

Missoula Fairgrounds drive-through near the YMCA: Route 6 (Routes 1, 7 nearby)

Locations with a ~1-mile walk from transit:

Hellgate Elementary School (2385 Flynn Lane): Route 11

DeSmet School (6355 Padre Lane): Route 11

    For more information about eligibility, registration, and ballot drop-off locations, visit www.MissoulaVotes.com. See maps and schedules and plan your trip here.

    Weapons Policy

    Mountain Line Weapons Policy (October 2023)

    No unlawful weapons shall be brought aboard MUTD vehicles. In cases where the law allows the possession of weapons, individuals may not display or handle these weapons in a manner that could reasonably cause fear or alarm among other individuals or District employees.

    No weapons of any kind are permitted inside MUTD buildings.

    District employees are prohibited from carrying firearms, knives, or any other weapons on MUTD property, including in Mountain Line vehicles. Any exceptions to this policy must be approved in writing by the General Manager.

    Regular Service on 10/9

    Buses and Paratransit are running normal weekday schedules on Monday, October 9.

    MUTD Statement Re: Weapons Policy

    October 3, 2023

    Mountain Line was recently compelled to announce an unwelcome change to our weapons policy—a change forced upon us not by choice, but by legal necessity. As of October 1, 2023, our buses will now only prohibit unlawful weapons. However, our existing policy banning any kind of weapon in Mountain Line buildings remains in place.

    This change is in reluctant compliance with a Montana state law enacted in 2020, which severely restricts local government’s ability to regulate firearms. As a government agency, the Missoula Urban Transportation District (MUTD) is legally bound to comply. We have maintained our original policy as long as we could, but recent threats left us with no viable alternative.

    Let us be unequivocally clear: this decision was made neither lightly nor willingly. Since late August, when MUTD became aware of a potential lawsuit from a pro-gun special interest group, we have consulted with legal experts and other agencies around Montana and across the country to determine what recourse, if any, was available to us. The MUTD Board of Directors and senior staff have spent many hours deliberating on the best available course of action to keep our employees and passengers—as well as the wider community—as safe as possible. The conclusion is inescapable: resisting this change would likely be a futile and costly endeavor.

    We strongly disagree with the notion that allowing firearms on public transit serves the best interests of the community and the people who regularly use or operate buses. The legislation as written did not adequately consider public transit, safety, common sense, and local expertise, and the current law undermines our commitment to ensuring the safety of our employees, passengers, and the community.

    While we are forced to comply with state law, we are not silenced by it. MUTD is actively investigating avenues to push back against this requirement and fully intends to do so.

    In the meantime, we are choosing to prioritize employee and passenger safety in our new policy by reducing the risk of unnecessary confrontation or aggressive challenges to the weapons ban. By removing the need for operators to confront those attempting to bring weapons on board—focusing instead on passenger behavior, rather than what they may be carrying on their person—we expect to continue to provide as safe an environment on board as we can. Any threatening, dangerous, or aggressive behavior will continue to be prohibited, as it always has been. Mountain Line is confident in our operators, supervisors, and safety procedures, and we trust that the community members who use our service will continue to treat their fellow Missoulians with care and respect.

    We invite those with questions or concerns to contact us directly.

    MUTD Weapons Policy, effective 10/01/2023:

    No unlawful weapons shall be brought aboard MUTD vehicles. In cases where the law allows the possession of weapons, individuals may not display or handle these weapons in a manner that could reasonably cause fear or alarm among other individuals or District employees.

    No weapons of any kind are permitted inside MUTD buildings. District employees are prohibited from carrying firearms, knives, or any other weapons on MUTD property, including in vehicles. Any exceptions to this policy must be approved in writing by the General Manager.

    Southgate Mall Stops Relocated

    Due to construction, the stops at Southgate Mall are temporarily relocated to the north side of Dillard’s. Please see the Bus Tracker for the most current stop location information or call 721-3333 with any questions.

    Labor Day Service

    In observance of Labor Day, buses will be running on a Sunday schedule on Monday, September 4. Find details here, and please reach out with any questions.

    Full Weekday Service Resumes August 21

    Mountain Line will be returning to regular weekday service on Monday, August 21, after running a modified weekday schedule since April. 

    Routes 1 and 2 will resume 15-minute weekday service, while Routes 8 and 12 will resume half-hour service during peak demand hours in the mornings and late afternoons. Detailed schedule information can be found on our website and in the Transit app. 

    As always, please get in touch with any questions!

    Route 3 Construction Detours

    Due to construction, Route 3 will be running with a detour until mid-September. The stops at North Orange/North 2nd and North 5th/Kennett Avenue will not be serviced.

    This detour may shift as construction continues, so please refer to your Transit app or the Bus Tracker (https://bt.mountainline.com/map) for up-to-date information as things change!