Streamline bus service impacted by fuel prices | ABC Fox Bozeman

BOZEMAN, Mont. – Due to current fuel prices in Montana, more and more people are using free public transportation.

HRDC’s Streamline toll-free bus service has seen 22% more ridership in the past two months.

According to AAA, the average gas price in Montana on Thursday was $4.38.

Streamline said they are budgeting 45% more in fuel costs this year to keep their buses running.

The zero-fare bus service uses federal and local dollars to fill its tanks and it cost about $180 to fill a bus last year; now it’s about $300, according to HRDC transportation director Sunshine Ross.

Ross said that while it cost more to do the job, Streamline would not cut any of its routes.

Bus service will continue to stop at over 150 bus stops to get people where they need to go for free.

“I take the bus to the hospital and I go to the stores and if it wasn’t for them I would be stuck,” said Cheryl Delaney, Streamline Bus Rider.

Streamline isn’t the only state bus service to see an increase in the past two months.

In Missoula, Mountain Line’s zero-fare service has seen an 11% increase since April.

You will find more information about Streamline Bus routes and services here.

Melvin Z. Madore