River Shuttles 2022
RIVER SHUTTLES ARE BACK WITH EXPANDED SERVICE!
River tuber shuttles are free and open to the public!
Shuttle Dates/Times: Shuttles run Thursday-Sunday 12-6 PM starting Thursday July 7th and ending Sunday August 28th (the Sunday before fall semester starts). Shuttles depart on the hour, each hour starting at noon with last departure at 6 PM. On Saturdays and Sundays we now offer 1/2 hour service 1-4 PM.
Shuttle pick up and drop off locations: Passengers board near the Campus Rec building. The shuttle stops at Sha-ron in East Missoula. The bus also serves Milltown State Park, by request, until 5 PM. See the River Shuttle map.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are masks required to board the bus?
No. The federal mask mandate for public transportation is no longer in effect.
What items are permitted on the bus?
With limited space please be considerate of others by limiting your gear. Shuttle drivers can turn away passengers and/or their belongings at their discretion. The following items are permitted on the bus:
- Personal tube (inflated or deflated). Watercraft larger than a standard tire tube should be deflated and fit on your lap or under a seat.
- Small coolers, bags, backpacks, drybags, etc. Should fit on your lap or under your seat.
- Food and beverages. No glass!!
Larger items may be permitted depending on space. Have a backup plan ready!
Where can I rent a tube or inflatable paddleboard?
Where can I park on campus?
Shuttle users are encouraged to use alternative modes of transportation; however, Parking lot P, west of the Campus Rec center is open to shuttle users. Parking permits can be obtained from the shuttle driver at no cost. Be sure and show up early so you have time to get a permit on your car. Permits are not required on Saturdays or Sundays or weekdays after 5 PM.
How can I track the bus location?
The real-time tracker can be accessed by downloading the Ride Systems App and selecting The University of Montana, or by going to ASUMbus.com.
Is RSVP required?
No, RSVP is not required. However, if you are planning to ride with a large group (more than 8 passengers) we encourage you to contact us at email@example.com so we are prepared to accomodate. If more than one large group plans to ride on the same day, we may encourage certain times to make sure we have enough room for all passengers.
How long can I expect the float to take?
Depending on river flows, the float from Sha-Ron to Jacob's Island takes between 1.5 and 3 hours. The float from Milltown State Park to Jacob's Island takes between 2.5 and 4.5 hours. To be safe, always plan for the trip to go longer than you expect. If you catch the shuttle at 6 PM, expect to get off the river at sunset or later.
Will shuttles be cancelled under adverse weather?
ASUM Transportation is only responsible for the safety of its passengers while on the bus; passengers are responsible for their own safety on the river. Check the weather forecast before you go and be sure to wear appropriate clothing to protect from sun, rain and cold.
Under extreme weather conditions, such as severe thunderstorms, shuttle service may be cancelled. In the event that service is cancelled the live tracker will be updated to notify passengers.