Mountain Line bus system adjusts service due to staffing shortage

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Justin Kasali, a Congolese refugee who came to Missoula in 2018, was recognized as Mountain Line’s 2020 Rookie of the Year. 

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In response to a lack of workers, the Mountain Line public bus system in Missoula will have to adjust its routes.

“COVID-19 has changed our community on many levels,” said Mountain Line CEO and general manager Corey Aldridge. “Like many other workplaces right now, we are facing difficulty in recruiting suitable employees. Making these slight adjustments to schedules allows us to continue serving riders without major disruptions.”

The bus system needs a minimum of 50 full-time bus operators to provide its regular service, he said. Currently, the agency has 41 full-time drivers with five more in varying stages of training. 

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The frequency of Routes 1 and 2 will go from having a bus arrive every 15 minutes at each stop to 20 minutes. Routes 8 and 12 will

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