How to Ride

If you are new to Mountain Line, there are several things that you should know before boarding the bus.

Planning your trip

There are several options for planning your trip on Mountain Line.  You may use Mountain Line’s Online Trip Planner, powered by Google Maps.

You can also refer to our maps and schedules. To plan a trip using the maps and schedules:

  • Find the timepoint route and timepoint closest to your departure point.
  • Determine which direction you need to go. Schedules are broken into trips heading Outbound from Downtown and Inbound to Downtown.
  • Find the timepoint column on that route’s schedule.
  • Determine if you need to transfer routes.
  • Find the route and timepoint nearest your destination.
  • Be sure and leave enough time to arrive at your stop a few minutes early.

If you need further trip planning assistance, feel free to call the Mountain Line Office at (406) 721-3333. The office is open Monday through Friday, from 7:00 AM 5:00 PM.

Waiting for the bus

Please wait by the marked stop and signal the driver as your bus approaches. The Mountain Line Transit mobile app will allow you to track the estimated bus arrival time via Android and Apple smart phones. Mountain Line does not recognize flag stops within the city limits and riders should only board and disembark the bus at established bus stops. In some county and more rural areas, such as along Highway 200, flag stops are still acceptable. When waiting at a flag stop, it is best to wait on the far side of an intersection, boarding the bus after it has passed through the intersection. If you have questions about the location of unmarked stops and/or flag stop areas, please call the Mountain Line Office at (406) 721-3333.

What you need to get on the bus

As of January 5th 2015 Mountain Line is Zero-fare.  When your bus arrives and has come to a complete stop and the doors open, just step on board and find a seat.  You will not need to pay a fare.  Zero-fare is supported by 14 community partners.

Transfers

If you need to transfer to another bus to get to your destination, ask the driver for a transfer. Although you do not need to pay a fare, the driver will make sure that your other bus is waiting for you.

To get off the bus

  • Give the driver plenty of notice that you want to exit the bus. Pull the bell cord about a block before your stop, or if you are not familiar with the area, ask the driver to call out your street.
  • Please leave through the rear doors on two door buses so others may use the front door to board.
  • For your safety, do not cross the street in front of the bus. Wait until the bus leaves the stop.
  • Please wait until other passengers have gotten off before you board.
  • Please leave the front seating for passengers who are elderly or have disabilities, or who have small children.
  • In the winter, always check the front steps for snow or slush, and hold onto the hand rail.
  • Hold on to the metal bars or seat backs when you walk on the bus.
  • No smoking on the buses.
  • Portable sound systems with headphones are allowed. Cellular phones may be used if they do not interfere with the bus’s operation.

General Information about Riding the Buses

  • Please wait until other passengers have gotten off before you board.
  • Please leave the front seating for passengers who are elderly or have disabilities, or who have small children.
  • In the winter, always check the front steps for snow or slush, and hold onto the hand rail.
  • Hold on to the metal bars or seat backs when you walk on the bus.
  • No smoking on the buses.
  • Portable sound systems with headphones are allowed. Cellular phones may be used if they do not interfere with the bus’s operation.