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Mountain Line Asks For City's Help To Provide Zero-Fare Rides

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MISSOULA - Groups from around Missoula are asking the city to help them provide zero-fare rides to Mountain Line bus riders.

On Wednesday, Mountain Line and its partners including, the University of Montana, asked the city for an initial donation of $50,000 that would add up to $100,000 each year of Mountain Line's three year trial.

Mountain Line's partners have pledged donations to help the bus company make up the difference for about $400,000 dollars annually it gets from bus fares. With the city's help, Mountain Line hopes to do a three year zero-fare trial period.

"It benefits everyone in the community with reduced congestion, improved air quality, there's significant ability to use alternative transportation, so Mountain Line provides frame work for all of those things and by going to zero-fare it eliminates biggest barriers for people getting on bus," said Eric Hines with Missoula Transportation District.

Now, the city's budget committee will make a vote on the proposal. It will then go to city council, where a final decision will be made on the proposal.

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