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Greater Anaconda Regional Coordination Project

Project #: 4W3934
Start Date: 02/06/2012
End Date: 09/30/2012
Status: Completed

WTI identified and analyzed alternatives related to improved coordination of transportation among the existing providers. WTI also facilitated meetings among stakeholders to discuss potential implementation of these alternatives. This project yielded numerous benefits:
• Identification of existing resources available for transportation services, including vehicles, staff, and funding.
• Identification of viable alternatives to enhance transportation coordination in three categories: communication, cooperation, and consolidation. The alternatives require varying levels of time, complexity, and resources, ranging from initiatives as simple as email notifications of scheduled trips to more comprehensive initiatives such as consolidated services.
• Creation of a forum for coordination. The meetings brought together regional stakeholders to identify needs, discuss available resources, and evaluate alternatives. The meetings helped establish and/or strengthen working relationships among potential partners. The forum could serve as the structural basis for ongoing interagency collaboration and coordination.
• Development of a proposal for enhanced services within Deer Lodge.
The final report also includes recommendations for potential future actions.


Frontier areas of Montana face many challenges, including transportation within, and to small communities (towns), as well as transportation to larger communities. People living and traveling in frontier areas need reliable transportation for a variety of purposes, including employment and educational opportunities, as well as for medical, recreation and other “life” purposes.

The goal of this research project, conducted by the Western Transportation Institute working in cooperation with the Montana Department of Transportation and other stakeholders, was to develop a plan for coordinating public transportation (transit) and specialized transportation providers in the greater Anaconda area (generally a three-county area including Deer Lodge, Granite and Powell counties).

The Western Transportation Institute collaborated with the Montana Department of Transportation to develop the plan by reviewing current information and communicating with other relevant stakeholders, including other public and specialized transportation systems in the area.


The objective of this research was to develop a plan for coordinating public transportation (transit) and specialized transportation providers in the greater Anaconda area.


  • David Kack
    David Kack