HELENA, Mont. – The City of Helena’s Capital Transit has adopted a new service model to make public transportation more flexible and accessible. Effective Monday, March 14, Capital Transit will offer curb-to-curb ride scheduling within City limits. Riders can download a new Capital Transit app to schedule rides and pay fares. The new model will replace the fixed bus route stops in Helena. The fixed bus routes in City limits will operate until March 21.
With the new ride-scheduling model, riders can choose custom pick-up and drop-off locations within Helena City-limits. The City’s transit system will still operate its East Valley / East Helena fixed routes. Riders can use the East Valley / East Helena service to get to the Transit Center and schedule additional rides within City limits using the app.
The new App offers several features that provide a more versatile rider experience:
- Ride scheduling within Helena City Limits
- Custom pick-up and drop-off locations
- Electronic payment of Fares
- Notifications for pick-up arrival
- Real-time ride tracking map
Capital Transit’s new service model will not impact its fare structure. The fare is still 85 cents one way. Ride passes will also still be available for purchase at the Transit Center or online.
The City started testing the new ride scheduling model in February with its para-transit riders. Full roll-out was originally planned for late March but the recent increase in fuel prices prompted City staff to expedite the transition to help support community members needing alternate transportation options.
More information on Capital Transit can be found at www.helenamt.gov/capital-transit/.