KALISPELL - A Kalispell transit service that serves thousands every year is laying out a plan for the next five years.
Eagle Transit hosts a public meeting every year to discuss how to make improvements or changes to their service.
The Eagle Transit committee talked about the services they provide and everything they have done in the past year – including adding more routes in Kalispell, Columbia Falls and Whitefish – on Wednesday.
Many groups that assist people with disabilities and use the service attended the meeting and had a lot of suggestions for the future of the service. The topics ranged from how to compete with Uber’s prices and how to better charge for the service rather than paying one dollar each ride.
Transportation manager Dale Novak says that the input they receive at these meetings is always valuable for the vision of the transit’s future plans.
“You know, we feel like, as a committee, we have a number of directions to go and some great ideas to use,” Novak said. “But they presented us with some things that we’ve never even thought about or looked at and so we have some direction to go through this meeting that’s going to help us a lot.”
Eagle Transit reports that 85,000 people used the service over the past fiscal year.