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Going-To-The-Sun Road Shuttle Will Operate In 2020, Glacier Officials Say

The weeping wall on Glacier Park's Going-to-the-Sun Road.
David Restivo, NPS (PD)
The weeping wall on Glacier Park's Going-to-the-Sun Road.

Glacier National Park officials say they will continue a shuttle service along the Going-to-the-Sun Road, with or without Flathead County. County officials voted last week to end the 12-year long relationship with the park.

When Flathead County commissioners canceled their work contract, they said Glacier National Park wasn’t paying the county enough for it to operate the shuttle service.

The county said it had been negotiating with the park for months over administrative costs and whether the park would pay into a larger transportation service throughout the Flathead Valley.

In 2019, the park paid the county roughly $800,000 to operate its fleet of shuttle vans. The park will use $1 million taken from entrance fees to fund a shuttle service in 2020, the most it’s ever collected.

Spokesperson Gina Kerzman says Glacier is assessing how much it will cost to run the service next season.

"We are still open to negotiating with the county, and using them as a provider is certainly not off the table."

The county says there have been talks since last week, but nothing has been fruitful. However, the park is considering other options, though it’s not saying what they might me.

The park says it expects to release its plan to continue a shuttle service in the next few months.

Aaron graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Journalism in 2015 after interning at Minnesota Public Radio. He landed his first reporting gig in Wrangell, Alaska where he enjoyed the remote Alaskan lifestyle and eventually moved back to the road system as the KBBI News Director in Homer, Alaska. He joined the MTPR team in 2019. Aaron now reports on all things in northwest Montana and statewide health care.
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