Metropolitan Area Express (Las Vegas)

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MAX Line: Las Vegas Blvd North
System RTC Transit
Operator Transdev
Vehicle 10 Irisbus Civis, 50 Wright StreetCar RTV
Status Active Service Route
Began service June 30, 2004
Ended service February 20,2016
Routes 501/113
Locale Las Vegas, Nevada
Start Bonneville Transit Center
End Craig Road South Station (Nellis Air Force Base)
Length 7 mi
Stations 22
Daily ridership June 2008 Ridership: 195,203

The Metropolitan Area Express, or MAX, was a bus rapid transit (BRT) line owned by the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada and operated by Transdev. MAX began operations on June 30, 2004. The line is currently serviced between the Downtown Transportation Center and North Las Vegas.

As of the February 21, 2016 changes the Metropolitan Area Express (MAX) no longer operates, with additional services added to the route 113.[1]

The route ran on a 12-minute frequency during the day, 20 minutes at night using only 10 vehicles purchased from Irisbus in France. These vehicles could hold a passenger load of 131 passengers. All fare payment wre done off the vehicle at the stations. Special ticket vending machines were at every station where passengers had to pay fare before boarding as there was no fare box on board. Once on board, fare enforcement officers were at hand to check bus passes which are issued by the TVM upon payment.

The BRT service was chosen by the RTC over light rail service due in part to costs of building and maintaining light rail. The RTC felt it was better to operate rubber tire transit rather than to have an expensive light rail system that would be too much to operate.

An Irisbus Civis serving the MAX line at the DTC

Safety record[edit]

All operators that drive MAX vehicles were required to have 2 years of preventable-free service. This means that a driver could not have a preventable incident or accident for 2 years while driving for RTC Transit, the fixed route system also owned by the RTC and operated by Transdev. Then, operators were taken through training once again to be "MAX Certified".

Expansion/ACE BRT[edit]

RTC express BRT line in Las Vegas.
RTC articulated bus operating the BRT line in Las Vegas.

After 4 years of service, MAX is moving forward with expansion. In August 2007, the RTC hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the new ACE BRT system, which will replace the MAX BRT system, using new type vehicles (current MAX uses Iribus Civis, ACE will use Wright StreetCar LRV as well) and new station designs. The first ACE line will be named ACE Downtown Connector and will travel from the World Market Center, Downtown Las Vegas, Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas Strip, before finally terminating at McCarran Airport. Construction was scheduled to be completed sometime mid-2009 with operations starting in fall 2009.

During construction for this route, construction was scheduled to begin on ACE Boulder Highway which will travel from Downtown Las Vegas, down Boulder Highway into Downtown Henderson. The RTC is looking at even further expansion with planned ACE route studies on North 5th Street, Sahara Avenue, Tropicana Avenue, Flamingo Road, and Maryland Parkway.

As of March 2008, the pavement has been completed on Grand Central Parkway, northbound from Bonneville to F Street, with the colored cement bus lane in the middle of the road. Construction is now on Grand Central SOUTH of Bonneville. Also as of March 2008, a few of the new ACE buses were already built.

Since February 2009, construction was completed on Grand Central Parkway, with the exception of the station themselves. Construction was still ongoing along Casino Center Boulevard and 3rd St. The route is set to use a dedicated lane from Grand Central to Imperial/3rd St. From that point, it is to operate in mixed flow travel, with special stations built along the route. It is expected to terminate at the South Strip Transfer Terminal.

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  1. ^ "Maps, Schedules & Detours". Retrieved 2016-09-30. 

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