For Immediate Release:  November 6, 2013
Contact:   Derek Goldman, 721-3218, dgoldman@mrss.com

 Friends of Mountain Line Thanks Missoula Voters for Supporting New Funding for Improved Bus Service 

Nearly 50 Organizations, Businesses and Community Leaders Came Together to Urge Support for Additional Public Transportation Options

MISSOULA, Mont. – One day after the first Missoula Urban Transportation District (MUTD) election since 1976, Friends of Mountain Line is thanking the Missoula community for supporting the mill levy request, and looking forward to more convenient public transportation options.   A large and diverse coalition of 48 organizations, businesses and community leaders joined forces to support the mill levy request.

"In some ways, this levy is Missoula at its best: a group of folks with varying interests getting together to ensure that family, friends and neighbors have access to reliable, affordable transportation” said Mayor John Engen, treasurer of Friends of Mountain Line. “Some of the advocates for this levy and those who voted for it may never set foot on a Mountain Line bus, but they are willing to chip in to make sure the service is there. That’s pretty amazing, and very Missoula."

With passage of this mill levy, Mountain Line will be able to offer Missoulians late evening bus service for the first time, and increase bus frequency on popular routes. Mountain Line will also be able to enhance curbside service for our seniors and people with disabilities, helping them to remain independent and mobile.

“We are so glad that Missoula got onboard with Mountain Line!” said Mary Windecker, Vice President of Planning & Marketing at Community Medical Center. “This will give greater access and independence to our patients, employees and volunteers who use the bus.”

“The Missoula Downtown Association is thrilled that Missoula as a community supported and passed the mill levy for Mountain Line,” said Todd Frank, MDA President.   “Mountain Line's effort to increase bus service and frequency is a huge economic benefit for both riders and businesses in Missoula.  A robust transit system benefits the entire community, and it is wonderful to see Missoulians recognize that Mountain Line is a huge asset to the community.”

In 1976, Missoula voters created the Missoula Urban Transportation District (MUTD) the first community bus system in Montana, to operate a public bus service, called Mountain Line. Since that time, Mountain Line has provided affordable, convenient public transportation for the Missoula community. The proposed mill levy increase of 14.5 mills will raise approximately $1.7 million, and will allow Mountain Line to increase bus frequency on Routes 2 and 6, provide late evening bus service on Routes 1,2,6 & 7, and expand specialized transportation service for seniors and people with disabilities.

List of Supporters of Friends of Mountain Line

 Paid for by Friends of Mountain Line
John Engen, Treasurer ● PO Box 484 ● Missoula, MT 59806
406-541-5839 ● www.FriendsofMountainLine.org
Vote FOR Our Bus and Missoula's Future

 

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Friends of Mountain Line Thanks Missoula Voters for Supporting New Funding for Improved Bus Service
Paid for by Friends of Mountain Line
John Engen, Treasurer ● PO Box 484 ● Missoula, MT 59806
406-541-5839 ●  www.FriendsofMountainLine.org
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