In mid-December, Flathead Transit began operating an intercity route providing connections to Greyhound in Missoula, Amtrak in Whitefish, and local and regional services in Missoula and Kalispell. The route operates seven days a week, serving eight communities between Missoula and Whitefish. Ronan will be added as a ninth community if a business can be found to host a stop. The information in this update is from a December 10, 2013 article in the Missoulian announcing the new service.
Highlights of the new service:
- This returns service to a corridor previously served by Rimrock Trailways between Missoula and the Flathead Valley.
- Flathead Transit is a service of the Confederated and Salish Kootenai Tribes, and this is the first time Greyhound has collaborated with an Indian tribe to offer bus service.
- The route is being funded using federal funds ($204,688) administered through the Montana Department of Transportation, and funding from Greyhound ($133,934). No state or local funds are being used.
- A 17-passenger cutaway bus from Flathead Transit’s existing fleet is being used.
Missoula to Whitefish – Missoula 11:30 a.m. – Evaro 11:50 a.m. – Arlee 12:00 p.m. – Ravalli 12:10 p.m. – St. Ignatius 12:15 p.m. – Pablo 1 p.m. – Polson 1:25 p.m. – Lakeside 2:10 p.m. – Kalispell 2:30 p.m. – Whitefish 3:10 p.m.
Whitefish to Missoula – Whitefish 4:45 p.m. – Kalispell 5:25 p.m. – Lakeside 5:45 p.m. – Polson 6:30 p.m. – Pablo 6:40 p.m. – St. Ignatius 7:40 p.m. – Ravalli 7:45 p.m. – Arlee 7:55 p.m. – Evaro 8:05 p.m. – Missoula 8:25 p.m.
A one-way ticket between Missoula and Whitefish costs $31. Tickets cost less for shorter trips – a one-way ticket between Missoula and Polson costs $19.
Tickets can be purchased at the Greyhound Terminal in Missoula, Stuart’s Cenex in St. Ignatius, Quick Silver in Pablo, Kwa Taq Nuk Resort in Polson; and Brian’s Conoco in Kalispell. Tickets can also be purchased online from Greyhound’s website, and from any Greyhound selling locations nationwide.