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MDT,CSKT,Greyhound Partner For Missoula/Whitefish Bus Route

December 9, 2013

For More Information:
Mr. Corky Sias, Flathead Transit, (406) 275-2877
Ms. Alexandra Pedrini, Greyhound Lines, Inc., (214) 849-6826
Mr. David Jacobs, MDT, (406) 444-9192

CSKT Flathead Transit partners with MDT and Greyhound to provide
service between Missoula and Whitefish

Pablo – The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) is pleased to
announce that Flathead Transit, a service of the Confederated Salish
& Kootenai Tribes, will implement new daily passenger service between
Missoula and Whitefish effective December 16, 2013. The new service
will stop in Evaro, Arlee, Ravalli, Saint Ignatius, Pablo, Polson,
Lakeside, Kalispell and Whitefish.  

“We’re excited to expand our transit service to include this new
route,” said Corky Sias, Manager of Flathead Transit. “This new
service will be available to the general public and anyone needing
transportation along this route. We are also proud to be partnering
with Greyhound to offer service nationwide.”  Tickets can be
purchased in St Ignatius (Stuart’s Cenex), Pablo (Quick Silver),
Polson (Kwa Taq Nuk), and Kalispell (Brian’s Conoco).  

MDT is providing federal funding for the new service, and Greyhound
is providing the required match to help make the new service
sustainable into the future. No state or local funds are required
because of the Greyhound match. “Connecting Missoula and Whitefish
with a fixed route fills a void in Montana’s intercity system,” added
David Jacobs, MDT Transit Section Supervisor. “This new service
provides a connection to Greyhound, Amtrak and local and regional
services in Missoula. More importantly, it reestablishes mobility
options for Montanans who rely on public transit out of necessity or

The new service is being offered in cooperation with Greyhound Lines,
Inc. as part of its growing Greyhound Connect services to small towns
and rural communities throughout the nation. New Greyhound ticket
agents in Kalispell, Polson, Pablo and Saint Ignatius will be able to
sell tickets to anywhere Greyhound goes, and Flathead Transit will
operate into the existing Greyhound terminal in Missoula (1660 W.
Broadway). And, customers can buy tickets through any Greyhound
selling locations nationwide to and from these new Flathead Transit
communities. “Greyhound is proud to add Flathead Transit as its
newest partner in the Greyhound Connect program,” said Dave Leach,
president and CEO, Greyhound. “This expansion will give the
Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes additional travel options
while providing a safe, comfortable and affordable ride and we look
forward to maintaining this partnership for the traveling public for
years to come.” 

Information about the service times, reservations, ticket prices and
stop locations in each community is available from Flathead Transit
at Quick Silver in Pablo at (406) 275-2877.

Reliable transportation is a key to quality of life across Montana.
MDT provides funding to Montana transit and intercity services to
supplement general operations, capital and equipment.