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HRDC needs 10,000 signatures for Urban Transportation District petition | National

BOZEMAN, Mont. – Gallatin County recently approved HRDC’s Streamline Urban Transportation District petition to track growth in the area.

“Sixteen years ago when we started the Streamline bus system, we had this idea that eventually we were going to have to become an urban transit district,” said HRDC Associate Director Tracy Menuez.

UTD allows Streamline to receive federal funding for transportation while continuing to provide zero-rate services to it.

Now that Bozeman has a population of over 50,000, the town is no longer considered a rural community, but rather a small urban community, and UTD helps meet the needs of the growing population.

To form the UTD, HRDC must collect the signatures of 20% of registered voters living in the district proposed below.

Since last Friday, the association has been collecting signatures from the community and will continue to do so until the end of October.

HRDC has stated that the formation of a UTD will not impact taxpayers.

If the UTD is created, the board would have the power to ask voters for additional investment through a factory levy if it deems it appropriate in the future.

However, if a UTD is not created, the city, county or state could temporarily receive federal transit funding on behalf of Streamline.

Here is a list of the next times and places you can sign the petition in Bozeman:

Time/Location: Address:
Monday, August 8, 2022 – 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the AC Marriott Hotel (Baldy Room) 101 N Tracy Ave.
Every Monday from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at HRDC’s Gallatin Valley Food Bank 602 Bond Street
Every Tuesday from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at HRDC’s Gallatin Valley Food Bank 602 Bond Street
Every Wednesday from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the main office of HRDC 32 Tracy Avenue S
More information about the UTD can be found here.