Mountain Line Strategic Plan

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Mountain Line, Missoula's bus system, is operated by its own board of directors and is not part of City of Missoula government. It benefits both organizations and our community to coordinate in transportation planning efforts and to host this project on the Engage Missoula platform.

Transit Strategic Plan


Project Overview

The Missoula Urban Transportation District (MUTD), more familiarly known as Mountain Line, has launched the 2024 Transit Strategic Plan with the goal of developing comprehensive recommendations for Missoula's public transit system to better serve riders, residents, and the broader community. This plan will cover numerous facets of the agency, including service and operations, capital improvements, funding, climate and sustainability goals, equity objectives, and policy issues.

Building on the successes of the 2018 Transit Strategic Plan and responding to evolving local, national, and global contexts, this new effort will determine MUTD’s course for the coming years.

Key elements of the plan include:

  • Evaluating service schedules and route design enhancements to improve efficiency, equity, and accessibility.

  • Assessing the passenger experience to improve comfort and convenience for riders.

  • Considering emerging technologies and ways new technologies could be incorporated into the transit system.

  • Reviewing local and regional transit policies and potential updates.

  • Analyzing COVID-19 impacts on public transit usage and challenges.

  • Land use and infrastructure analysis to determine effects on transit and opportunities for necessary infrastructure improvements.

  • Planning and implications of a new operations center.

  • Impacts of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) on future service design.

  • Exploring alternative service delivery options.


About MUTD

Mountain Line connects Missoulians to the community through safe, sustainable, and innovative transportation solutions. Operated by the Missoula Urban Transportation District (MUTD) since 1976, Mountain Line provides zero-fare fixed-route bus and Paratransit service in and around Missoula seven days a week.

MUTD is a leader in adopting zero-emissions buses (ZEBs) in the United States, setting an example for other small urban transit networks. In February 2020, its Board of Directors committed to transitioning to a 100% zero-emissions fleet by 2035. More than 40% of the Mountain Line fleet is currently battery-electric, with four new electric buses arriving in 2024.

Mountain Line was recognized as the top public transit agency of its size in North America in 2021 by the American Public Transportation Association and named System of the Year in 2023 by the Montana Transit Association.

Current Engagement Opportunities

See information about upcoming events on social media (IG: @mslabus) stay tuned for future engagement opportunities. Share your comments anytime at the form below or by getting in touch with Mountain Line directly at mountainline.com/about/contact-us/.

Related Projects

The Transit Strategic Plan is being conducted in tandem with the Missoula Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) Update. For more information about the LRTP update, please visit https://www.engagemissoula.com/long-range-transportation-plan.


Mountain Line, Missoula's bus system, is operated by its own board of directors and is not part of City of Missoula government. It benefits both organizations and our community to coordinate in transportation planning efforts and to host this project on the Engage Missoula platform.

Transit Strategic Plan


Project Overview

The Missoula Urban Transportation District (MUTD), more familiarly known as Mountain Line, has launched the 2024 Transit Strategic Plan with the goal of developing comprehensive recommendations for Missoula's public transit system to better serve riders, residents, and the broader community. This plan will cover numerous facets of the agency, including service and operations, capital improvements, funding, climate and sustainability goals, equity objectives, and policy issues.

Building on the successes of the 2018 Transit Strategic Plan and responding to evolving local, national, and global contexts, this new effort will determine MUTD’s course for the coming years.

Key elements of the plan include:

  • Evaluating service schedules and route design enhancements to improve efficiency, equity, and accessibility.

  • Assessing the passenger experience to improve comfort and convenience for riders.

  • Considering emerging technologies and ways new technologies could be incorporated into the transit system.

  • Reviewing local and regional transit policies and potential updates.

  • Analyzing COVID-19 impacts on public transit usage and challenges.

  • Land use and infrastructure analysis to determine effects on transit and opportunities for necessary infrastructure improvements.

  • Planning and implications of a new operations center.

  • Impacts of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) on future service design.

  • Exploring alternative service delivery options.


About MUTD

Mountain Line connects Missoulians to the community through safe, sustainable, and innovative transportation solutions. Operated by the Missoula Urban Transportation District (MUTD) since 1976, Mountain Line provides zero-fare fixed-route bus and Paratransit service in and around Missoula seven days a week.

MUTD is a leader in adopting zero-emissions buses (ZEBs) in the United States, setting an example for other small urban transit networks. In February 2020, its Board of Directors committed to transitioning to a 100% zero-emissions fleet by 2035. More than 40% of the Mountain Line fleet is currently battery-electric, with four new electric buses arriving in 2024.

Mountain Line was recognized as the top public transit agency of its size in North America in 2021 by the American Public Transportation Association and named System of the Year in 2023 by the Montana Transit Association.

Current Engagement Opportunities

See information about upcoming events on social media (IG: @mslabus) stay tuned for future engagement opportunities. Share your comments anytime at the form below or by getting in touch with Mountain Line directly at mountainline.com/about/contact-us/.

Related Projects

The Transit Strategic Plan is being conducted in tandem with the Missoula Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) Update. For more information about the LRTP update, please visit https://www.engagemissoula.com/long-range-transportation-plan.


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I am a former board member of Mountain Line and live in the Lower Miller Creek area. I wish to ask for your support for a loop route to be added up Upper Miller Creek, across Christian Drive and then by the fire station come back down Lower Miller Creek road hourly to and from WalMart. It can be a smaller bus but we really need service up here. Microtransit could be a consideration but reliant bus service on regular intervals is what we need. Multi-family housing exists up here along that route I suggested. It does not need to be zero fare either. We are willing to be an outer zone and pay some for the ability. Thank you. Doug Odegaard

dodegaard 2 days ago

Thank you for supporting the strategic planning process to ensure that the Mountain Line Bus System in Missoula can service as many residents as possible. I live in the Linda Vista neighborhood (Miller Creek) and am an avid bus rider. Unfortunately, the closest bus stop to me is the southside Walmart, which is more than a 2.5-mile walk from my house. I am not the only person in this large southside--and growing--area who would welcome and needs bus service in the Miller Creek and Linda Vista areas. Thank you for including this area in the strategic planning process and during implementation of service expansion.

CatadeOnis 20 days ago

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