WHITEFISH – Between 2017 and 2018, Glacier National Park saw a dramatic increase in visitation, totaling almost 7 million.
A new Whitefish shuttle service run by Kurt Schram aims to make driving and parking in Glacier and Whitefish easier.
Schram moved his family from Oregon to enjoy Montana’s outdoors. With the growing popularity of the Flathead Valley and Glacier National Park the Schram’s noticed a problem. Once they were at the trail head, there was nowhere to park their car.
Last year, Logan Pass at Glacier National Park offered limited parking spots in attempts to address this exact problem.
These parking issues inspired Schram to start the Whitefish Shuttle. The private shuttle takes passengers around Whitefish and to the park.
The goal is to decrease traffic and make life less stressful for hikers and bikers.
“We can fit fourteen passengers, so we’re removing up to, gosh, seven to ten vehicles to the parking up there. Also, when people are on vacation they don’t want to deal with traffic, they don’t want to deal with finding parking spaces,” says Schram.
In its first week, the shuttle picks people up from local bike shops and hotels in Kalispell and Whitefish. Trips in Whitefish cost $10 and round trips to Glacier cost $50.
You can find more information on their website where there is a phone number to book shuttle rides.