Toole County’s bus service expanding

Gary Sulenes, the friendly driver of the Toole County Transit bus, is always ready to lend a hand and make specific stops when they are requested. He has been driving the bus since the inception of this program. photo by Deb Brandon

Through the cooperative efforts of Toole County, the City of Shelby, Marias Medical Center, county senior centers, area churches and concerned citizens, transit service became available in Toole County in March of 2008.

Beginning Monday, Feb. 1, Toole County Transit will expand its service to provide bus service from Shelby to the US/Canadian border four days per week. The proposed Monday through Thursday schedule is on a two-month trial basis; continuation will be based on ridership.

The bus service is open to the general public, donation-based and handicapped accessible. Riders heading north can catch the bus at either 7 a.m. (USDA Service Center - 1125 Oilfield Avenue) or 3 p.m. (Amtrak Station - 198 ½ BN Right of Way). If requested, stops at 4-Corners and Sunburst will also be made for north-bound passengers.

Stops in Sweet Grass, Sunburst, 4-Corners and Kevin will be made for south-bound passengers at approximately 8 a.m. and again at 4:10 p.m. upon request, providing riders with a day trip to Shelby for work, business or pleasure four days per week.

Once in Shelby, riders can continue on to Great Falls on Monday and Thursday with Northern Transit Interlocal, the area’s regional bus service. Service is also available Monday and Thursday to Cut Bank and back with Glacier County Transit, which also begins expanded service on Feb. 1.

Toole County Transit’s Monday and Thursday Shelby service remains unchanged with stops that include the Marias Medical Center, the Marias Heritage Center and the Shelby Senior Center. Additional stops at Shelby businesses and transportation to the Senior Center for lunch will also be provided at the request of riders.

To request a ride or for more information about the bus service, please contact Ray at 470-0727.

Toole County Transit looks forward to continuing its service, which allows all passengers—including the disabled, disadvantaged, and elderly—to live an enhanced quality of life through independence and mobility.

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