Mountain Line will receive more than $3 million in infrastructure funding thanks to new appropriations from the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
The latest round of funding from the bill adds $19 million in state funding for public transit to the $11 million allocated in February.
Of the $30 million total, $3,262,671 goes to Mountain Line.
The new funds will be distributed in the form of grants passed down directly from the state.
The public transit system traditionally receives this funding every year, but this year the amount increased by about $1 million, said Shanti Johnson with Mountain Line.
The new funds will be used for operations costs, like paying drivers and putting buses on the road, she added.
Johnson said the additional funding frees up Mountain Line to go after “once in a lifetime” grants for initiatives like electric buses.
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The new grant funding for public transit is part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill’s broader contributions to public transportation in Montana.
The legislation, which was signed into law by President Joe Biden on Nov. 15, 2021, includes two major provisions that benefit the Big Sky