Mountain Line Seeks Community Input for Strategic Plan

Every community faces difficult choices when designing a public transit network for the future and Missoula is no different. We’re updating our Strategic Plan, a 30-year guiding document for future transit investment in Missoula, and we want to hear from you!

Mountain Line benefits us all in Missoula by getting employees to work, students to school, and keeping seniors and those with disabilities active and mobile. This is our community bus service, so it’s important that we involve you, the community, in our planning process. There are difficult choices Mountain Line has to make on the types of service we can provide within a fixed budget. That’s where you come in.

We are encouraging community members to fill out the Strategic Plan Community Survey online hereThe survey is short and participants will be entered to win one of three $25 Missoula Downtown Association gift cards, redeemable at over 100 area businesses.

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If you’d like additional information on the current state of Missoula’s transit system and the tradeoffs involved in planning for the future, download our Choices Report here. This report describes Missoula’s public transit system in greater detail and outlines the decisions Mountain Line faces in designing a system that reflects the values and priorities of the community.

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Strategic Planning Process Overview

Mountain Line is operated by the Missoula Urban Transportation District (MUTD) and the MUTD Board of Directors has the final say in the agency’s direction. The MUTD Strategic Plan is updated every few years and the last process occurred in 2012.

In addition to the Community Survey, Mountain Line convened a Stakeholder Committee to assist in designing alternatives for the update. The Stakeholder Committee is composed of residents, business owners, professionals, and representatives of populations that depend on transit, among others. 

The Stakeholder Committee will meet several times over the coming months to help Mountain Line evaluate a pair of alternatives that illustrate a key choice for the future. The alternatives will be brought to the Committee and to the public for comment this summer. Input on the alternatives will be used to create the final plan, which the Missoula Urban Transportation District Board of Directors may adopt in Fall 2017.