MAX stations have been designed to fit spatially and architecturally within their existing environment, ensuring that these access points to the Mason Corridor and MAX service are attractive, inviting, functional and safe. Stations are an integral aspect of future redevelopment and infill Transit Oriented Development (TOD) projects.
- MAX hours of operation: Monday through Saturday, from 5 a.m. to midnight
- Multiple Park-n-Rides locations with lots of bike parking available at each station.
- All Transfort passes are valid on MAX; transfers are accepted from MAX to standard Transfort buses, and vice versa – it's one big system!
Throughout final design, the City engaged community stakeholders in a collaborative station design process to gain an understanding of history and context along the Mason Corridor and to cater to community needs. With this input, the design team and the City's Art in Public Places artist created integrated architecture and art concepts at stations that create a unique, iconic, and innovative identity for MAX.
Art in Public Places elements:
- Windscreen art
- Waiting benches
- Way finding signage
- Safety lighting
Utilizing a model from Hannover, Germany, each MAX station design combines a uniform structural framework with unique artistic treatments at each station. This method allows for continuity along the corridor while providing opportunities for individualization and neighborhood context at each station.
MAX stations will offer visual and audio announcements reporting the estimated number of minutes until the next MAX bus arrives. Stations will also house ticket vending machines that allow passengers to pay fare before boarding. Without needing to pay the driver, riders can board the bus quickly through any of several doors, minimizing times at stations. Digital signage will also display information on current news, community events, weather forecasts, emergency alerts, and more.
MAX isn't the only route in the Transfort system that will see enhanced traveler technology. In coordination with the launch of MAX, Transfort plans to deploy the following technologies system wide:
- Online trip planner – know what bus to catch, where to find the stop and when to get onboard!
- Bus location information – riders will be able to view a map online and see all of Transfort's in-service buses on the roads in real-time.
- Bus arrival information – all Transfort stops will offer riders a way to find out when the next bus will arrive; riders will be able to call or text a designated phone number, provide the unique stop ID (displayed on bus stop signs) and receive precise arrival time for the bus.
Along with MAX stations, the Downtown and South Transit Centers will serve as major transportation hubs – both for MAX and the entire Transfort system. These transit centers feature the same high-quality amenities as MAX stations, as well as offer riders indoor shelter, customer service counters, restrooms, snacks, parking and bicycle storage. As the main Park-n-Ride facility for MAX, the new South Transit Center will provide 175 parking spaces and dozens of bicycle racks.
The Downtown Transit Center, located at 250 N Mason Street in Downtown Fort Collins, is already in operation. It is. The South Transit Center is under construction and will be completed in September 2013. Located just south of Harmony Road on College Avenue at the head of the Mason Trail, the new facility will be built to LEED Gold certified standards.