Salt Lake Express announced today that they will begin intercity bus service between Butte, Helena, and Great Falls starting February 20th. Stops on the route will include Great Falls, Ulm Junction, Cascade, Craig Junction, Wolf Creek, Helena, Boulder, Basin, and Butte. This new service will connect at the Butte Bus Transfer Center with the Salt Lake Express bus to Rexburg, Idaho Falls, Pocatello, and Salt Lake City via I-15; and the Jefferson Lines I-90 eastbound and westbound routes to Missoula, Bozeman, Billings, and points beyond.
Great Falls to Butte southbound via I-15: Great Falls 3:15pm; Helena 5:00pm; arriving in Butte at 6:15pm.
Butte to Great Falls northbound via I-15: Butte 6:45pm; Helena 8:00pm; arriving in Great Falls at 9:45pm.
To see all Salt Lake Express schedules or make reservations visit www.SaltLakeExpress.com or call 1-800-356-9796.
Salt Lake Express previously operated this service last summer but due to low ridership it was terminated until a funding source could be found. Montana Department of Transportation and Salt Lake Express have been working on restoring the connection since that time, culminating in a signed contract today. Funding comes from the Federal Transit Administration 5311(f) Intercity Bus Program, which is designed to connect rural communities into urban cities as well as connect to the national bus network.
Salt Lake Express’s goal is to reach all rural and urban communities with their own connections as well as coordinating with numerous other providers throughout the state in these regions they serve. This goal of connectivity is shared by Montana Transportation Department.
About Salt Lake Express: Currently Salt Lake Express provides service from Rexburg, ID to Salt Lake City, UT (11 times daily), Salt Lake City, UT to Provo, UT (2 times daily), Idaho Falls, ID to Butte, MT (2 times daily), Rexburg, ID to West Yellowstone, MT (2 times daily), Rexburg, ID to Jackson, WY(2 times daily), Pocatello, ID to Boise, ID (2 times daily), Logan, UT to Salt Lake City, UT (11 times daily), Logan, UT to Rexburg, ID (5 times daily), and points in between. All these routes connect to each other in a timely fashion with very few layovers and waiting time. Seamless connectivity throughout this region has been achieved as a result of an outstanding management team. Tom Price, the owner of Salt Lake Express has won awards for his business. He was named Businessman of the Year by the Rexburg Chamber of Commerce and has led the Salt Lake Express administration team to success by his wisdom, perseverance and inspiration. Tom was quoted regarding this project, “This is a great additional connection for us. This will allow the people living in this corridor to have access to all the destinations we serve as well as into the National Bus Network which includes the continental U.S. This gives them more options for transportation. We are excited to partner with Montana Transportation Department on this project!”
Overall status of Montana’s intercity bus network: With the addition of this route, all communities that had intercity bus service prior to March 2013 when Rimrock Trailways shut down now have service, but at a lower frequency.
- I-15 has 1 round trip per day instead of 2
- US 93 has 1 round trip instead of 2
- Missoula-Bozeman,Billings has 2 round trips instead of 3, with the east-west route that went from Missoula through Helena to Bozeman eliminated.
- Travel from Great Falls and Helena to Missoula, Billings, and Bozeman is worse than pre-March service, requiring a detour through Butte.
Update: 2/19/2013: Montana’s media coverage is shown below.
Bus route along I-15 to resume Thursday – Helena Independent Record
Whether you need to go to Salt Lake City, Fort Belknap or only Great Falls, a bus will be able to take you there, beginning Thursday. Bus service is being restored along Interstate 15 from Butte to Great Falls with a stop in Helena. The service had been …
Bus route resumes Thursday between Butte and Great Falls – Montana Standard
Starting Thursday, cost for a one-way Salt Lake Express bus ticket from Butte to Great Falls is $47.75; a round trip ticket is double that amount at $95.50. A one-way ticket from Dillon to Butte costs $31.50; a round-trip ticket costs $63. Salt Lake Express …
On the road again: Intercity bus service restored to I-15 corridor from Butte to … Great Falls Tribune
Francis Skinner is a driver for the Fort Belknap Super Shuttle, which provides passenger service from Fort Belknap to Great Falls twice a week. Salt Lake Express will begin passenger bus service from Great Falls to Butte Thursday, a route that was …
New bus service along I-15 begins Thursday KXLF Butte News
HELENA – Montanans between Butte and Great Falls will have a new transportation option starting Thursday, when Salt Lake Express will launch service with stops at Ulm Junction, Cascade, Craig, Wolf Creek, Helena, Boulder, and Basin. The company plans
Bus company to offer service between Butte, Great Falls
lost routes after Rimrock Stages’ shutdown. BILLINGS – Bus riders traveling west and east between Billings and Missoula have three daily round trips to choose from again. Read more · Rimrock Stages president says Montana-based bus company will reopen.
Intercity Bus Service Restored To I-15 Corridor From Butte To Great Falls – Beartooth NBC
Salt Lake Express announced today that they will begin intercity bus service between Butte, Helena, and Great Falls starting February 20th, serving eight communities on the I-15 corridor north of Butte that have been without service since last summer.