Transfort, the City of Fort Collins’ Transit Department, is beginning to test the MAX Bus Rapid Transit service. From early February until the start of service in May 2014, MAX buses will be on the guideway, Mason St. in Downtown and McClelland Dr. at various times.
The Federal Transit Administration requires testing and training of MAX buses prior to the start of service. Transfort staff will test guideway safety gates, signal prioritization system, ticket vending machines and other customer technology used for MAX operation. More than 40 bus operators are also receiving advanced driver training on the 60-foot articulated buses.
Testing and training will occur at MAX stations as well. The announcement system, ticket vending machines and digital information screens will be tested in person by Transfort staff and contractors. Please note that the ticket vending machines are not collecting money or selling tickets until the end of summer. Likewise, the blue emergency call boxes are only being tested and are not operable at this time.
During the testing and training phase, motorists will notice signal changes at several key intersections. To protect buses and pedestrians on the guideway, the southbound right turn at Horsetooth Rd. and McClelland is restricted to turn-on-green arrows only. Flashing yellow arrows for the southbound left turn emphasizes altered signal operations. Signals have also been added to eastbound and westbound pedestrian crossings. Lastly, there will be new signals next week where the MAX guideway intersects with both Prospect Rd. and McClelland.
Vehicles can expect a few traffic delays as MAX buses enter and exit the guideway as signalization and safety gate activation is tested and refined for service.
The new MAX guideway is for buses, Transfort vehicles and personnel only. Bicycles, pedestrians, skateboarders, roller bladers, joggers and other recreational or transportation equipment are never allowed on the guideway. Trespassing on the guideway is an enforceable offense by the City of Fort Collins Police.
Learn more about the testing and training phase, and the new MAX BRT service beginning in May 2014 at fcgov.com/max.
MAX is on the Way!
MAX is a new, easy way to connect you to many of Fort Collins’ popular attractions. This innovative bus line will run through the heart of Fort Collins and offers passengers rail-like speed and convenience. As a service of Transfort, the City’s public transportation system, MAX also connects to 20 other bus routes. MAX service starts in May 2014. Learn more at fcgov.com/max.