The future of mass public transportation in Missoula, as the city grows in a constrained valley and grapples with traffic congestion, just became a little more clarified.
Mountain Line, Missoula’s community bus system operated by the Missoula Urban Transportation District, recently unveiled plans for a roughly $67 million new headquarters.
At the April meeting of the Missoula Redevelopment Agency’s board of commissioners, Mountain Line’s representatives laid out a vision for a large new facility that would eventually be all-electric and would replace the bus system’s cramped current headquarters in the Westside neighborhood.
“This is another super-important project for the well-being of our community,” said Peter Walker-Keleher, a local planner who is working for Mountain Line. “And that relates to Mountain Line acquiring a new site so they can accomplish many of the goals that are tied with transit. This is a facility that will accommodate the needs of Mountain Line through 2060.”
People are also reading…
The system’s strategic plan calls for more than doubling service. Doing that would be impossible on its current aging site.
Walker-Keleher showed conceptual renderings of what the building could look like, emphasizing that it