MISSOULA, Mont. -

The following release was sent out by Missoula Urban Transportation District.

The Missoula Urban Transportation District has announced today that due to extreme weather forecasts, fare free service will be provided on Friday, February 28th 2014.

A blizzard watch has been issued for the Missoula Valley that extends through the end of Friday’s work day.  With several more inches of snow on the way, Mountain Line seeks to ensure that Missoulians have a safe and free alternative to driving on icy roads.  Driving in these conditions can be very dangerous even when going at slower speeds.  By utilizing Mountain Lines services, commuters can feel at ease knowing they do not have to worry about icy roads.

“Mountain Line has been committed to making Missoula’s streets safer for more than 35 years” said General Manager Michael Tree.  “Providing fare free service on a day of extreme snow and ice ensures that folks have a safe and relaxing commute.”

Not only do riders get to avoid snow and ice for free this Friday, but they can also take advantage of Mountain Line’s free Wi-Fi provided by Community Medical Center.  This allows commuters to check email, peruse social media, or even finish homework while on the bus.  Additionally, Route 1 Bolt! service provides 15 minute bus frequency that connects downtown, the UM campus and Southgate Mall all day long.  Using Bolt! helps you reach your destination on time and without having to wait for a bus in the cold and snow.

Riders are encouraged to check arrival and departure times on the live bus tracker located on Mountain Line’s website to avoid being outside too long.  To find this and other information about trip planning or service announcements go to www.mountainline.com or call customer service at 406-721-3333.