KALISPELL - Every month in Flathead County, more than 7,000 people rely on public transportation services to get where they need to be, and every five years they look to the future of the service.
The mission of Eagle Transit Services is to try to get as many people as possible to where they need to be. Their fleet of 15 buses transports riders throughout Kalispell, Columbia Falls and Whitefish.
They also offer door-to-door service for para transit routes and dial-a-ride buses.
Every five years, EST holds a public meeting as a first step to gain public input on transportation needs.
"We have a committee made up of community members as well as transit staff," said Eagle Transit Services Manager Dale Novak. "We are going to plan for the future. How to be more efficient and how we move people, especially on our fixed routes. We realize we need to make it more convenient."
The public transit planning meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 6, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Flathead County South Campus on 40 Eleventh Street West in Kalispell in the 2nd floor conference room.