Mountain Line making a few adjustments, but continuing COVID-19 precautions

Posted at 3:22 PM, May 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-05 17:22:54-04

MISSOULA — While businesses are re-opening right now, managers of Missoula's Mountain Line transit system say they're only expecting to make service adjustments if the buses start getting crowded.

Mountain Line implemented precautions even before things the shut down in March, including increased disinfecting and cleaning of the buses multiple times per day. Steps have also been taken to increase social distancing on the buses, and making sure drivers are safe throughout their shifts.

Mountain Line manager Corey Aldridge says he's not expecting any of that to change, and the system will be monitoring to see if additional adjustments are needed under the current state guidelines.

"We're monitoring it closely to see if our ridership returns and we see crowding on buses that are not having that social distancing," he told MTN News. "Then we're going to put out what we call 'tripper buses' that will be put into place to help take up some of that extra load so that we can continue to try to keep people safe while still transporting them throughout the community."

Some routes have also changed and you can check the latest schedules here.