By Jack H. Smith
Three Forks Voice 

Chairman sees path forward to restoring passenger rail


January 12, 2022

Pictured is the North Coast Hiawatha at Bozeman Pass in 1973.

Since southern Montana lost passenger rail service in 1979, Big Sky Passenger Rail Authority (BSPRA) Chairman Dave Strohmaier said there have been various attempts over the past four decades to try and bring it back. Strohmaier feels this was due to a lack of a motivating force to sustain this type of project into fruition during that time period. With the BSPRA celebrating its first anniversary in November of 2021, he can now see a path forward to restoring the North Coast Hiawatha or the other possible routes.

While he was a member of the Missoula County Commission, Strohmaier wondered wh...

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