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Missoula, Montana reaches out to Amtrak

Missoula is one of America’s great small cities. It is hone of the University of Montana and a beautiful place. It’s also full of right-thinking people. Here is the story.

Community members, students and the City of Missoula held a “Rally for Rail” at the center of the University of Montana campus Wednesday.

Missoula Councilman Dave Strohmaier, the MontPIRG Student Chapter, and other community organizations showed up at the oval to encourage people to support extended passenger rail service in Montana — and the music and speakers caught the attention of many students passing by.

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Filed under: Amtrak, Passenger Rail Politics, Passenger Rail Transportatio Policy, Regional USA Passenger Rail

2 Responses

  1. Paul says:

    This story seems it is (or at least should be) connected to the Wyoming story. I am not sure what the previous route was but looking at the map it looks pretty obvious to have a train leave Denver route through Longmont, Ft. Colons to Cheyenne though Billings and Bozeman if there is way they should go to Helena (the state capital) and then on to Butte and through Massula and Kalispell to terminate at the Empire builder in Whitefish.

  2. Sean says:

    I would love to see an Amtrak line stretching from Denver to Spokane (then on to Seattle). I live in Laramie, WY, and do not see much interest in a passanger train line running along the south of Wyoming (Rawlins, Rock Springs, Evanston). There is a lot of interest of seeing a line come out of Denver up to Montana that would connect Cheyenne and Casper. Western Montana needs more travel options to Denver (1 airline, 1000 mile drive). I think more people would use this line than they think if it went through Montana.

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