NEW ROUTES AND SCHEDULES INFO
New Routes and Schedules Effective October 02, 2023
Revamped and more convenient service starts in October 2023!
Changes to the fixed-route bus system include:
- New route designs allowing for increased north and south travel and neighborhood connectivity.
- Additional 30-minute routes where the bus will travel past a location every 1/2 hour.
- A 15-minute Downtown circulator route for weekday connection between Downtown and the medical corridor.
- Consistent arrival and departure times across the system.
- Designated bus stops that include more than 450 locations throughout the community.
To learn how to use the bus system, visit HOW TO RIDE.
To see the new routes and schedules and learn how to read the new format, visit PLAN A TRIP.
How did MET Transit make decisions around these changes?
MET Transit, in conjunction with SRF Consulting and DOWL Engineering, completed a Transit Development Plan process from January 2022 thru October 2022. During this process, MET Transit gathered feedback from the community through multiple avenues; the public was notified of the opportunity to participate via radio advertisements, television interviews, social media postings, flyers and posters on buses and at transfer centers, informational bulletins provided to community partners, and direct outreach events at the MET Transit Transfer Centers. Specific activities in support of the plan included:
- A community wide public transit survey in completed in early 2022, which received over 430 responses.
- Multiple "pop-up" outreach sessions at community events including with the Billings Chamber, Downtown Billings events, and other gatherings.
- Input from a plan steering committee including representation from community health providers, senior and disability services, local school districts, and local transportation planning professionals.
- Three (3) public meetings throughout the development process to present findings, discuss proposed changes, and garner more in-depth feedback from the public.
- Final plan adoption and approval including public presentations of the plan to the City of Billings City Council, the Yellowstone County Planning Board, and the Yellowstone County Commissioners with final approval through the Policy Coordinating Committee of the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO).
For more information on the plan, click here.