By the end of November, the sign in front of the downtown Billings bus station will change, with just a little reorganization, but it will mark the start of a far different business.
The downtown bus station won’t be a bus station much longer.
Christopher Acres has been sleeping on the floor of the Billings Bus Depot, 2502 First Ave. N., since he got here on Saturday.
If she has to be stranded at the bus station for another night Tuesday, Debra Taylor of Bakersfield, Calif., is glad it’s Billings.
The coldest Arctic snap in years has interrupted bus service east from Billings to Minneapolis on Jefferson Lines.
Salt Lake Express, a bus company based in Rexburg, Idaho, which started driving some Montana routes last spring, couldn’t fill its smaller 17-seat buses during the peak tourism season.
After a nearly four-month safety shutdown, the owners of Billings-based Rimrock Stages Inc. are close to receiving permission from regulators in Washington, D.C., to resume bus service as soon as they buy insurance.
The U.S. Department of Transportation has lifted its March shutdown order against Rimrock Stages of Billings for safety violations.
Seven weeks after the abrupt shutdown of Billings-based Rimrock Stages for safety hazards, inspectors have re-certified four passenger buses, according to Rimrock President Thorm Forseth.
Bus riders traveling east and west between Billings and Missoula have three daily round trips to choose from again.
Buses will start rolling again Sunday between Billings and Missoula, a start to replacing some of the Rimrock Stages lines that were shut down one week ago.
When Thorm Forseth, the founder of Rimrock Stages Inc., talks about the importance of connections, he's not talking about work or social networking.