Since the beginning, the needs of the people in our community have driven the planning process of a Bozeman transportation system. What’s more, those evolving needs will still guide us as we expand our routes and services. Funding levels, ridership trends, locations of new neighborhoods, roads, facilities, and public input will all contribute to shaping our future routes and services.

Although planning for the new line began in 2001, the genesis of the project goes back to a 1986 study by the College of Engineering at Montana State University that analyzed the possibility of a transit system in Bozeman. In 2001, the results of much analysis developed the Greater Bozeman Area Transit Development Plan. Which, laid the foundation for a public bus system and supplied the information needed to request federal funding for a transit system. Also, as a result of that study, the City of Bozeman created a Transit Task Force, which studied transit systems across Montana and surrounding regions. The task force then created the Feasibility Report: Bozeman Area Transit.

Additional studies were conducted until the Cities of Bozeman and Belgrade, along with Gallatin County established the Public Transportation Stakeholders Advisory Board and invested $50,000 for a study to be completed by LSC Transportation Consultants, transportation planning and traffic engineering consultants based in Tahoe City, CA.

Streamline is committed to serving you over the long term. It will continue to evolve based on community needs. Check back often for updates as we continue to develop the Streamline system. Better yet, take a ride on the bus and find out for yourself how fast, convenient, and reliable traveling on transit can be. The ride is also fare-free!

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Ribbon cutting ceremony and official keys to the bus presented by the Director of the Montana Department of Transportation, John Lynch, to Jeff Rupp of the Human Resource and Development Council in Bozeman. [2007]