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, which offers access to a variety of freight routes in and out of the area.
Commute times are 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 bicycle-friendly, 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, provides zero-fare transit 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.