Mountain Line (Montana)

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Mountain Line
Mountain Line logo.svg
Founded 1976[1]
Headquarters Missoula, Montana
Service area Missoula, Montana
Service type bus service, paratransit
Routes 13
Annual ridership 933,694 (2015)[2]
Fuel type Biodiesel
Operator Missoula Urban Transportation District

Mountain Line is a public transit system providing service to the community of Missoula, Montana and the University of Montana. The legal name of Mountain Line is the Missoula Urban Transportation District, which is governed by a board whose members are appointed by the City of Missoula and Missoula County.


The Missoula Urban Transportation District (MUTD) was established via a ballot measure in June 1976. The MUTD formed the Mountain Line and began operating buses in December 1977.[1]

On January 5, 2015, the Mountain Line began a three-year demonstration project that provided free bus service to all passengers.[3] The project costs $460,000 annually and is funded by the city of Missoula, the University of Montana, and 12 other community partners.[4] By the end of the year, the service saw a 38 percent increase in ridership, with 300,000 additional passengers.[5]


Mountain Line operates 13 fixed routes on weekdays, 11 of which also operate on Saturdays. There is no service on Sundays or most major holidays. 15-minute frequent transit service is available on the Bolt! Route while most other routes operate on 30- or 60-minute schedules. During the Saturdays in the summer, Mountain Line also operates a trolley to two farmers' markets and a craft market in downtown Missoula. Additionally, Mountain Line operates a trolley to "Out to Lunch," an outdoor concert series on Wednesdays during the summer. Paratransit service is provided for people with disabilities who are unable to ride fixed-route buses.

Route list[edit]

  • Bolt! 1 Downtown / University / Community Hospital
  • Bolt! 2 Target Plaza / Southgate Mall
  • Route 3 Northside
  • Route 4 East Broadway Park and Ride / East Missoula / Bonner
  • Route 5 Rattlesnake
  • Route 6 Higgins / Dornblaser / Opportunity Resources / Southgate Mall
  • Route 7 Downtown / Southgate Mall
  • Route 8 Adams Center / 5th / 6th / Southgate Mall
  • Route 9 Good Food Store / Target Range / Community Hospital
  • Route 11 N Reserve St / Expressway / Airport
  • Route 12 Downtown / University / Dornblaser / South Hills
  • Route 14 Broadway / Russell


Head office[edit]

Address: 1221 Shakespeare Street, Missoula
Coordinates: 46°53′02″N 114°00′36″W / 46.88389°N 114.01000°W / 46.88389; -114.01000
Facilities: Head office, administration, bus storage and maintenance
Opened: 1980

Transfer center[edit]

Address: 200 West Pine Street, Missoula
Coordinates: 46°52′25.8″N 113°59′42.2″W / 46.873833°N 113.995056°W / 46.873833; -113.995056
Facilities: Transfer point, waiting area, restrooms
Opened: 2000

Park-and-ride lots[edit]

Lewis and Clark (Route 12)
Coordinates: 46°50′43.12″N 113°59′50.00″W / 46.8453111°N 113.9972222°W / 46.8453111; -113.9972222
Dornblaser (Routes 1, 6, 12)
Coordinates: 46°50′54.05″N 113°59′50.13″W / 46.8483472°N 113.9972583°W / 46.8483472; -113.9972583


  1. ^ a b "History". Mountain Line. Retrieved August 23, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Facts". Mountain Line. Retrieved August 23, 2016. 
  3. ^ Erickson, David (January 5, 2015). "Riders take advantage of first day of free Mountain Line bus service". Missoulian. Retrieved August 23, 2016. 
  4. ^ Wahba, Monique (September 3, 2015). "Free transit attracts riders and helps communities in more ways than one". Mobility Lab. Retrieved August 23, 2016. 
  5. ^ Kidston, Martin (December 25, 2015). "Update 2015: Mountain Line smashes ridership records in first year of zero fare". Missoulian. Retrieved August 23, 2016. 

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