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.
A love of buses
Rimrock Stages owners, from left, Jean, Thorm, Jenny and Eric Forseth get together in the company’s maintenance facility at 5044 Midland Road. The Billings business is close to re-obtaining its federal operating authority.
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.
Greyhound and Trailways are still deciding how to respond to the abrupt federal shutdown of Billings-based Rimrock Stages, which shuttled passengers across Montana for both companies.
Shut down by federal officials over safety violations, Billings-based passenger bus service Rimrock Stages is working to reopen, but it will likely take weeks, the company’s president said Monday.
Rimrock Stages, deemed an “imminent hazard” by a federal agency, has been shut down.
Firefighters work to rescue a victim in a bus-pickup crash on Highway 93 North, at about mile marker 14, Tuesday morning.
In this Sunday, January 8 file photo, An investigator looks at the interior of a Rimrock Stages bus that crashed on any icy stretch of Interstate 90 east of Missoula. A passenger from the bus filed a lawsuit in state court today against Rimrock Stages and Greyhound Lines.
A Rimrock Stages bus carrying the West High girls basketball team ran off Interstate 94 on Friday night as the team returned to Billings from a game in Miles City.
MISSOULA -- Eric Jackson said he is still waiting to be reimbursed $80 for prescriptions after being hurt in the fatal Rimrock Stages bus crash earlier this month.
Officials remove two bodies from the scene of a Rimrock Stages bus crash on Jan. 8 on Interstate 90 just west of Clinton. The bus apparently slid on an icy stretch and rolled onto its side. The driver and 31 others were transported to hospitals in Missoula for treatment.
Even as a Rimrock Stages bus went careening out of control on icy Interstate 90 east of Missoula on Sunday morning, Verizon Wireless engineers were scrambling to restore statewide service.
Doug Taylor, 51, describes the terrifying scene Sunday morning when a Rimrock Stages bus slid on an icy stretch of Interstate 90 east of Missoula, rolled and bounced onto its left side, ejecting some passengers through broken windows. The crash left two dead and 33 others, including the driv…
MISSOULA — Doug Taylor remembers somebody saying a heartfelt "Oh Jesus" just as the Rimrock Stages bus careened into the median on Interstate 90 early Sunday morning.
Officials remove two victims Sunday morning from the scene of the crash of a Rimrock Stages bus that slid off an icy stretch of Interstate 90 and rolled on to its side just west of Clinton. Thirty-three others, including the bus driver, were taken to Missoula hospitals.
An investigator with the Montana Department of Transportation's Motor Carrier Division looks at the interior of a Rimrock Stages bus that crashed on any icy stretch of Interstate 90 east of Missoula on Jan. 8, 2012, killing two passengers and injuring 32 others. The bus slid on an icy stretc…