MISSOULA — Election Day marked a win for Mountain Line as their proposed Missoula Urban Transportation District’s mill levy passed by a nearly 60%-to-40% margin.
Mountain Line general manager Corey Aldridge says the approval will allow them to accomplish several goals they set for the service -- including expanding hours and days and enhancing services for those with disabilities.
They estimate the mill levy will raise $3 million annually for the transportation service which will be paid by those who live within the Missoula Urban Transportation District. Aldridge says he’s grateful for the support from the community so they can, in turn, better meet community needs.
"In 2017, we had gone out to the voters and asked them what they wanted, what are the next service enhancements and improvements that they would like to see for Mountain Line,” Aldridge said. “And overwhelmingly it was seven days and seven nights service and so we’ll now be introducing Sunday service for the very first time, which is exciting."
Mountain Line will begin expanding its fleet and staff in the coming months, with a plan to debut the voter-approved service expansions in early 2022.