MISSOULA — Mountain Line is launching a community-wide transportation improvement project.
The work kicked off Tuesday morning with a new sign being installed at a bus stop near the Southgate Mall. The goals of the project are to improve safety, increase accessibility, and maximize efficiency.
The transit service is updating signs at all stops and adding new bus shelters, benches, and trash cans at the busiest stops. They're also consolidating and relocating some stops to allow for safer access points.
Andrea Davis -- who is a member of the Mountain Line Board of Directors -- says this will impact hundreds of thousands of people in Missoula.
"We have a lot of folks that rely on the paratransit service now, and by increasing the accessibility of our existing bus stops, we're going to have more people be able to access our fixed route system, and ultimately that's more of an inclusive and equitable system for everybody," she said.
The Bus Stop Improvement Project is expected to be completed by the spring of 2021. Davis also noted that Mountain Line serves more than one million rides per year.