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Efforts to restore a southern passenger rail line in Montana are gaining speed. Advocates say it would draw in visitors, provide more transportation options and create jobs.

Jason Stuart, the executive director of the Dawson County Economic Development Council, said a passenger train connecting Glendive to places like Chicago and Seattle would be an economic boon for eastern Montana.

Allie Malis, American Airlines Flight Attendant and Government Relations Representative for the Association of Professional Flight Attendants.
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We are now more than 7 months into the COVID-19 pandemic and perhaps no industry has been more disrupted than transportation. Global air travel is down 85% from this time last year. Air carriers are set to lose more than $84B this fiscal year. NYC subway traffic is down 75% and more than 4,000 transport workers have contracted COVID-19 with more than 130 deaths reported.

The thoughts on everyone’s mind are, “when will it be safe to travel again?” and “will business travel ever be the same?” 


The Montana State-Tribal Relations Committee is seeking public comment on nine bill proposals related to runaway youth, motor carrier services, missing persons and federal recognition of the Little Shell Tribe.

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The Billings Police Department received a grant Tuesday up to $50,000 from the Federal Railroad Administration to support reducing railroad trespassing deaths.

The Railroad Trespassing Enforcement Grant was also awarded to cities in six other states that have so-called trespass hot spots. According to the Federal Railroad Administration, these are geographic areas where law enforcement agencies have seen a high amount of railroad trespassing.

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Glacier International Airport is putting a $100 million expansion on hold. Friday's announcement attributed the delay to significant drops in air travel during the coronavirus pandemic.

Missoula International Airport.
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The Montana National Guard is activating 73 soldiers and airmen to screen people coming into the state for signs of illness from the novel coronavirus.

Under orders from Gov. Steve Bullock, national guard troops will be stationed at 17 train stations and airports in 11 cities starting Friday, Bullock says.

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Trucking is one of those things many people normally don’t think much about. But these aren’t normal times.

The coronavirus pandemic has Montana’s trucking industry working overtime to keep supply chains moving.

Glacier National Park's Logan Pass Visitor Center on a busy summer day.
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Flathead County is canceling its decade old shuttle service in Glacier National Park. County officials say the Park isn’t keeping up its end of the deal as growing crowds drive up costs. 

Glacier National Park's Logan Pass Visitor Center on a busy summer day.
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Glacier National Park’s new plan to address park congestion in the park drew 70 people together last night in the Flathead Valley. The plan calls for more parking lots and shuttles for visitors, but officials don’t think it’s a long-term fix.


An association of oil and gas industry members from Montana met in Billings this week to talk about issues the industry is facing, like transporting crude oil.

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