Missoula bus system unveils plans for new headquarters

David Erickson

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.”

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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

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