Missoula International Airport (MSO) services business and personal travelers as well as all cargo needs. National and international commercial passenger airlines — Alaska, Allegiant, Delta and United — connect Missoula to major metropolitan cities from the West Coast to Chicago. Three air cargo services and two fixed-base companies have operations here, in addition to the USDA Forest Service, NOAA, a large general aviation population and more. Find MSO online at www.flymissoula.com.
Montana Rail Link operates a network of local and cross-country rails that connect Missoula to the rest of North America, getting cargo where it needs to go. Based in Missoula, Montana Rail Link is an FRA Class II regional railroad that has partnered with businesses for more than 25 years to ship their freight across Montana, the nation and the globe. The MRL system covers more than 900 miles of track, and serves more than 100 stations in Montana, Idaho and Washington. The local railroad connects with the Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railroad at Laurel and Garrison, Montana, as well as Spokane, Washington; it connects with the Union Pacific Railroad at Sandpoint, Idaho.
Interstate 90 traverses the northern end of the Missoula valley on its way across the country and is easily accessible to Missoula’s industries and businesses, and to the airport. North-south Interstate 15 connects to I-90 about 90 minutes east of the valley.
Commute times are, for many businesspeople, an important factor in the quality of life of a community. Our city’s mean travel time to work of 15.8 minutes is fifth-best among U.S. metro areas, and is more than a third quicker than the national average of 25.1 minutes. More than 50 percent of the working population commutes less than 15 minutes to work (compared to 25 percent for the U.S.).
Missoula is a famously bicycle-friendly town, with an extensive network of bike trails and designated lanes. Our city ranks fifth in the nation for the percentage of workers who commute by bicycle.
Mountain Line, the city-operated transport agency, has provided more than 20 million rides since its first bus ran in 1976. In January 2015, Mountain Line’s Zero-fare began a three-year Zero-fare demonstration project that allows anyone to ride fixed-route, Paratransit, and Senior Van free of charge. All vehicles in Mountain Line’s fleet are ADA compliant and accessible to all users. Mountain Line buses are equipped with free Wi-Fi for passengers. Bus arrival and departure information for more than 200 bus stops on 12 routes is available in real time using any Internet-accessible device.