transportation

Remediation specialists are trying to contain a 7,000 gallon diesel spill in the Missoula rail yard.

Montana Rail Link detected the spill on Monday and issued a public announcement Thursday.

By Friday afternoon, cleanup crews had excavated 1,100 yards of contaminated soil. There is continued concern over whether the spill might affect Missoula’s aquifer. 

Montana Capitol.
William Marcus / Montana Public Radio

Senate Republicans in Montana released a plan today to tear down Governor Steve Bullock’s proposal for state funded preschool and instead start work on delayed state highway projects.

'Deer Here' sign at Montana Department of Transportation Composting Facility.
NORA SAKS/MTPR

It’s roadkill season in Montana.

Pete Servel is standing on the shoulder of a busy section of Interstate 90, about ten miles east of Missoula. Clad in an orange helmet and matching neon vest, he carries a shovel in his blue rubber-gloved hands and hunches over a pile of faceless fur and dried blood.

The Kalispell Bypass opened Friday, October 28, ahead of schedule and under budget.
Montana Department of Transportation

Driving the length of the Flathead Valley got a little easier Friday. The Kalispell Bypass along Highway 93 is finished. 

Missoulian Jared Broxterman says he likes the flexibility and pay of being an Uber driver.
Mike Albans

Last month Uber drove into Big Sky Country. The world-wide private ride-hailing company started service in Butte, Bozeman, Helena, Billings, Missoula, and Great Falls. That’s giving locals a shot at a new income stream, and residents more choices for public transportation.

Free Cycles needs to raise an additional $135,000 to buy their shop.
Mara Silvers

A Missoula nonprofit that gives away bicycles and helps people learn to fix them is under the gun to raise enough money to buy a permanent home in Missoula.

MT Traffic Fatalities Outpacing Last Year

May 24, 2016

The Montana Department of Transportation reports that traffic fatalities are outpacing this same period last year. That’s even before the start to the traditional summer driving season which begins with the Memorial Day weekend.

MDT Director Mike Tooley says as of May 16, 2016, 61 people, or 19 ahead of the same period last year, have lost their lives in vehicle crashes in Montana.

Missoula International Airport.
Alaskaair (CC-BY-SA-3)

Missoula International Airport is a very busy place these days, and major construction projects are planned to keep pace with the growing demand.

Revenue generated from the increased gas tax Montana lawmakers passed last year collected more than $6 million in its first four months.
Rusty Clark (CC-BY-NC-2)

The Missoula Chamber of Commerce hasn’t yet taken a position on a possible 2 cent local option gas tax. But Sam Sill, the Chamber’s Government Affairs Director, says the proposal brings two intriguing ideas to the table.

States Could Lose Federal Highway Funds Without Congressional Fix

Jul 23, 2015
If Congress fails to act by July 31, the federal government won’t have the ability to process transportation funding payments that were promised to states.
(PD)

The clock is ticking again toward the expiration of the current federal transportation funding bill. This week, the Senate agreed to debate a long-term funding bill. If Congress fails to act by July 31, the federal government won’t have the ability to process transportation funding payments that were promised to states.

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