Mountain Line created this special route map showing how to access COVID-19 vaccination clinics using zero-fare, accessible public transportation, to ensure transportation is not a barrier to receiving this critical care.
All vaccines are by appointment only. This map is currently meant for health care providers and vaccine schedulers to share directly with patients.
As of March 2, 2021, all Missoula vaccination locations are within a few blocks of an existing fixed-route bus stop. All Mountain Line services are zero-fare and all vehicles are 100-percent ADA accessible.
For trip planning assistance, use our Trip Planner, access schedules, or call 406-721-3333 Mon – Fri, 7 AM to 5 PM.
This special route map was created by Mountain Line, Missoula’s public transportation agency, in collaboration with community stakeholders, including the Missoula City-County Health Department, Missoula County, City of Missoula,UDASH (under ASUM Transportation) and local health care providers. Mountain Line has provided zero-fare service since 2015. During non-COVID times, the system averages 1.5 million rides annually.
While this year was anything but “business as usual,” we at Mountain Line decided to see the disruption caused by COVID-19 as an opportunity to reimagine how we serve Missoula.
We accomplished so much in 2020 and are proud of the resilience and unending dedication of our team. Here are our highlights from the year.
COVID-19: Turning Lemons into Lemonade
Even during the height of the shutdown in Missoula, we continued to operate. Our employees showed up each day toprovide essential service, helping frontline workers get to work and riders access the grocery store, doctor’s office and other essential services.
We are grateful to our team and our community for their support and recognizing the importance of reliable, accessible transportation in keeping our community running. And we remain committed to keeping our operators and riders as safe as possible, every day.
We also organized a five-week-long livestream concert series, inviting local musicians to perform on our electric bus while streaming the show to thousands. We partnered withover a dozen local businesses to sponsor individual artists, ensuring our musicians were compensated while keeping the concerts free to the public. Ultimately, our concert series benefited 15 local musicians and engaged over 7,500 viewers. It also led to Mountain Line receiving the Arts Missoula Star award in September, for its support of local artists.
We already have six electric buses on the road and six more on the way. When our new buses arrive, we’ll be 40 percent all electric! This milestone distinguishes Mountain Line as a leader in clean public transportation in the United States.
The purchase of these six new electric vehicles was made possible by$4.6 million in federal and state grants awarded to Mountain Line in May 2020. We were the first agency in Montana to receive funding from the Volkswagen Environmental Trust Settlement, via a $1 million grant awarded by the Montana Department of Environmental Quality. We also successfully competed for a $3.6 million Low- or No- Emissions grant through the Federal Transit Administration.
Moving Missoula Forward: Improving Service to Benefit Us All
In the spring of 2020, we kicked off our Bus Stop Improvement Project. This is one of the largest projects our agency has ever undertaken and will impact EVERY single bus stop along Mountain Line’s 12 fixed routes.
The project is focused on three goals:
By the numbers, this project will:
Construction is still underway and is expected to conclude in summer 2021.
In addition to launching external improvements, we turned our attention inward this year, working as an agency to improve our internal practices. We formed our first Diversity and Inclusion Committee and formalized our commitment to creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive environment for our employees, riders and community.
Finally, (and this is a big one), we received overwhelming support from voters to expand our zero-fare servicelater into the evening and, for the first time ever, on Sundays! Our successful mill levy request will usher in a new era of service for Mountain Line. We’re currently in the process of expanding our team (we’re hiring!), with a plan to debut voter-approved service expansions in early 2022.
Stay updated on mill levy expansions here. We’ll have more details posted in January 2021.
Thank you for an amazing year, despite the challenges. We are honored to be part of this community and look forward to serving you in 2021.