August 20, 2014 Amtrak Makes More Connections in Montana

Marc Magliari

Amtrak Contact

312 544.5390


Kevin Pursey

Jefferson Lines Contact

612 359.3420

Thruway bus route puts several cities back on the Amtrak map

CHICAGO — An expanded partnership between Amtrak and Jefferson Lines now takes passengers to and from the Amtrak Empire Builder trains in Williston, N.D., by bus to eight communities in Montana.

Montana passengers at Sidney, Glendive, Miles City, Billings, Livingston, Bozeman, Butte and Missoula will meet trains at Williston and access the Amtrak network. Amtrak customer service representatives in Williston have been serving as Jefferson Lines ticket agents in the station building shared by Amtrak and Jefferson and tickets can also be purchased on, along with other sales channels.

A schedule is attached that shows connections between the Montana cities and points east of Williston on the Empire Builder. Many Jefferson buses feature Wi-Fi and electrical outlets.

Several of these Montana communities were served by Amtrak until 1979, when the Amtrak North Coast Hiawatha was discontinued.

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