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.
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.
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.
Thorm Forseth, founder of Rimrock Stages Inc., said Monday that the U.S. Department of Transportation has lifted its shutdown order against the company. Rimrock is now waiting for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to reinstate the company’s operating authority.
When Thorm Forseth, the founder of Rimrock Stages Inc., talks about the importance of connections, he's not talking about work or social networking.