Gallatin Valley Urban Transportation District (UTD)

HRDC’s Streamline — now celebrating its 16th year — launched with a mission to provide mobility services and alternatives to single-occupancy vehicles in southwest Montana. This mission is increasingly more important as our community grows.

Our Streamline service helps meet the needs of our increasing population in a number of ways, benefiting not just riders, but everyone living in the Gallatin Valley. One way to help Streamline to expand and address these growing needs is to create an Urban Transportation District (UTD) within our community.

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What is an Urban Transportation District (UTD)?

A UTD is an entity created to operate a transportation system. It includes a governing board charged with managing the operation, infrastructure, and activities of the public transportation system.

Why would Gallatin County consider forming a UTD?

Once the 2020 Census results are officially certified, Bozeman will be classified as a “small urban area.” To continue receiving federal transit funds and to enable Streamline to keep pace with growing demand, a new funding structure is needed. A 2021 community report, and a subsequent community survey and stakeholder interview process, showed that community members support the creation of an Urban Transportation District to manage and fund Streamline. If a UTD is not created, the City, County, or the State could temporarily receive the federal transit funding on behalf of Streamline.

Why is a UTD the recommended option for moving forward?
A UTD allows for a single purpose entity to oversee transit operations in Gallatin Valley. Stakeholders believe that allowing a single-purpose entity to oversee transit operations in the Gallatin Valley would allow Streamline to maintain a collaborative and community-focused approach to public transit that allows for equal representation from all participating communities and governments in Gallatin County.

How is a UTD created?

Montana State law outlines the necessary steps for District formation. To create the Gallatin Valley Urban Transportation District:

  • 20% of registered voters within the proposed District must sign a petition.
  • The Gallatin County Commission must hold a public hearing and place the UTD on the May 2023 Special District election ballot.
  • A majority of registered voters from within the proposed district must vote “yes” to approve the UTD.

How would creating a UTD change Streamline?

The formation of a UTD would allow for the continuity of Streamline and Galavan services. Streamline would continue operating bus routes, bus stops, and paratransit services.

What impact would this have on taxpayers?

Forming an Urban Transportation District (UTD) will not impact taxpayers. Once the UTD is established, the Board would have authority to ask voters for additional investment through a Mill Levy if deemed appropriate in the future.

Why doesn’t Streamline implement a fare to fund the expansion of its service?

The United States has dozens of zero-fare transit systems — mostly in small, college towns, such as Bozeman. After having discussions with stakeholders and completing various research and analyses, HRDC has kept Streamline a zero-fare bus system because it is currently the most cost-effective way to run the system. Visit our zero-fare page to learn more.

Proposed District Boundaries

Registered voters within this boundary will be asked to sign a petition stating that they would like to vote on the formation of an Urban Transportation District on a Special District election ballot. If enough signatures are gathered, the UTD formation will appear on the May 2023 Special District ballot. Voters in the district would then vote “yes” or “no” on their ballots with regards to the district formation.

Petition Language

Statement of Purpose:

The purpose of the Gallatin Valley Urban Transportation District is to supply transportation services and facilities to district residents and other persons. Formation of a District will prevent the loss of federal funding for public transit through Streamline Bus service once the U.S. Census results certify Bozeman as a small urban area. Passage will enable the District to operate van services for seniors and people with disabilities, and Streamline routes and bus stops. The District boundaries reflect the current Streamline Bus service area and planned future service areas.

Fiscal Statement:
There is no cost to form the District.

FOR the creation of a Gallatin Valley Urban Transportation District…[ ] YES
AGAINST the creation of a Gallatin Valley Urban Transportation District…[ ] NO

Where to Sign the Petition

Friday, September 23, 2022 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Belgrade High School Football GameBelgrade High School
Saturday, September 24, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Gallatin Valley Farm to School Fall FeastivalStory Mill Community Park
Saturday, September 24, 2022 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Jay Owenhouse Illusionist Show. Brick Breeden
Saturday, September 24, 2022 from 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Gallatin Freshman Vs. GFH high school football Van Winkle Stadium
Saturday, September 24, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. at the Bozeman SymphonyWillson Auditorium
Sunday, September 25, 2022 at 4:30 p.m. at the Bozeman SymphonyWillson Auditorium
Saturday, September 25, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. at the Shayna Steele Concert The Ellen Theatre
Saturday, September 25, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. at the Bobcat Trail ChallengeCrosscut Mountain Sports Center
Tuesday, September 27, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. at the Glenn Miller OrchestraThe Ellen Theatre
Friday, September 30, 2022 from 8:00 p.m – 11:00 p.m at the Theory of a Deadman ConcertThe Elm
Saturday, October 1, 2022 from at 8 p.m at the Ashley McBryde concertThe Elm
Saturday, October 1, 2022 at 8:15 p.m. at the MSU football gameBobcat Stadium

Addition times/locations will be added to this list DAILY. Please check back frequently. Signature gatherers will attending all major community events over the next few months and will be going door-to-door within the neighborhoods in the district. Look for individuals in bright yellow t-shirts.

Public Presentation Schedule

Presentation Date/Time:Location:
Tuesday, September 20th from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.Virtual (you can view the recording
of this meeting below)
Tuesday, October 4th from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Bozeman Senior Center Community Room
Friday, October 7th from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Belgrade Senior Center
Wednesday, October 12th from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.Belgrade Chamber of Commerce Lunch –
Registration required – Hilton Garden Inn
Addition times/locations will be added to this list frequently over the next few months.

HRDC’s UTD Public Meeting Recording – Held on Zoom on September 20th, 2022


Volunteer to Gather Signatures

Our goal is to have over 200 volunteers help with signature gathering over the next few months. If you are you interested in getting involved, please visit the link below to sign up. Volunteers will get awesome swag and will be entered to win one of our remaining old bus stop signs!! All volunteers are required to complete a one hour, in-person training at the HRDC Main Office (32 S Tracy).

Please review the list below for all upcoming training opportunities. Additional trainings will be scheduled as needed. After you sign up to volunteer, a local field organizer will contact you to sign up for a training date/time.

September Training Schedule:

  • Thursday, September 22, 2022 – 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 27, 2022 – 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 29, 2022 from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Paid Field Organizer Positions

Fieldworks is coordinating all of the paid positions for this petition drive. Please visit their website for more information.

Streamline Benefits Us All

Our Streamline service:

  • Reduces traffic and frees up parking by giving Valley residents an alternative to driving.
  • Helps seniors, veterans and those with disabilities get where they need to go: medical appointments, shopping trips and visits with friends.
  • Provides workforce transportation to those employed in various parts of our community.
  • Helps MSU students get to area business and recreational opportunities without needing a car. Streamline also helps people in the Gallatin Valley get to MSU events such as concerts and Bobcat games.
  • Provides zero-fare transportation which is quick and efficient for all riders while helping those who can’t drive, or can’t afford to own and operate a vehicle
  • Ties the Gallatin Valley together by providing service throughout the area, including new service to Belgrade.
  • Keeps our air clean by reducing the emissions from motor vehicles.