Transportation

Over a third of Missoula’s carbon emission are from the transportation sector. This is one of the most harmful sectors for our environment. The amount of fossil fuels required in transport, flying, and personal use releases pollutants into the air, affects water resources, increases noise pollution, increases health risks, and damages ecosystems.

TRANSPORTATION: 15-20%

OF HOUSEHOLD SPENDING

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, in 2020, household incomes between $49k-62k, spent 15-20% of their household incomes on transportation costs. Transportation spending remains the second highest expense of after-tax income.


CAR OWNERHSIP: $9,000

PER PERSON, PER YEAR

The national average annual cost of automobile ownership went up to almost $9,700 in 2021. Roughly 13.8% of Missoulians fall at or below the poverty line, and the costs of car ownership can be a financial burden. Alternate modes of transportation, like busing, biking and walking, can lower household costs.


ELECTRIC VEHICLES: SAVE ON EMISSIONS AND COSTS

If you chose to purchase a personal vehicle, electric vehicles can offer substantial savings in cost, as well as greenhouse gas emissions. Choosing an electric vehicle means it can be powered by electricity from solar, wind, or hydropower generation. Here in Montana, the Alternative Fuels Data Center shows electric vehicles generate much less emissions than regular gas-powered vehicles. On top of these savings, a DOE commissioned study notes that switching to an electric vehicle can save as much as $14,480 in fueling costs over 15 years.

MISSOULA CONNECT

2050 LONG-RANGE TRANSPORTATION PLAN

The Long-Range Transportation Plan was updated and finalized in June 2021. This plan recommends 71 programs to meet goals in: complete streets, urban active transportation improvements, shared-use paths and trail extension, safety improvements & enhanced crossings, roadway extensions, and bridge or crossing improvements. Each of these strategies support our community in transitioning to low-energy transportation options, like using public transportation, van-pools, biking, walking, and more.


MOUNTAIN LINE: 28%

SERVICE AREA INCREASE

In 2020, Missoula voters approved a service expansion for Mountain Line to operate seven days a week. This expansion increased the service area by 28%, which included additional routes and times. This also provides more service to disadvantaged communities, increasing access to sustainable transportation. Check out Mountain Line’s current routes.


BEARTRACKS BRIDGE AND THE HIGGINS AVE

CORRIDOR PLAN

The Beartracks Bridge Rehabilitation and the Higgins Avenue Corridor Plan are each reaching completion this Winter 2023. Biking and pedestrian traffic has increased in this corridor overtime, and these projects focus on improving the safety and comfort of bikers and pedestrians in this corridor by creating or protecting bike lands and expanding sidewalks.

WAY TO GO! MISSOULA

(WTG!M)

Are you into sustainable commuting? “Way to Go! Missoula” allows you to log your trips, utilize sustainable routes, analyze your commuting stats, provide feedback for building safe infrastructure, and even earn rewards!  


ENGAGE

MISSOULA

Wondering what’s going on with the various transportation projects throughout the City? Engage Missoula is a great way to find project details, timelines, and voice your opinion the planning process.


NEED HELP WITH ALTERNATE MODES OF TRANSPORTATION?

Missoula in Motion is a one stop shop to assist residents with education and programs to enhance equitable modes of transportations, ranging from walking, biking, public transit, carpooling/vanpooling, and telecommuting.