Metropolitan Area Express (MAX)
Metropolitan Area Express (MAX) is a Bus Rapid Transit pilot project cooperatively undertaken by the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, the City of North Las Vegas, and the Nevada Department of Transportation. It will use innovative technology to provide a more flexible rail-like transit option in Southern Nevada at a cost comparable to other bus services.
MAX's first route will run along Las Vegas Boulevard North from the Downtown Transportation Center to Craig Road. The current Las Vegas Boulevard North route (route number 113) is one of the CAT bus system's busiest routes. A dedicated bus lane will run most of the length of the project. Only buses, MAX and right-turning vehicles will be allowed to operate in this lane. Traffic signal improvements will be implemented giving buses and MAX priority treatment at intersections. Along the route, new MAX platforms with improved amenities will be constructed.
Project Development and Innovations
The proposed vehicle for the MAX system is the advanced-design Civis produced by the French company Irisbus. The vehicle is approximately 60 feet long and can accommodate up to 120 passengers. Four extra-wide doors and low floors help passengers enter and exit quickly.
The vehicle operates using an optical guidance system. Pavement markings of special paint will automatically steer the vehicle along the roadway thus improving comfort and docking precision at curbside stops. The vehicle uses hybrid diesel/electric propulsion.
View of Civis Demonstration Vehicle
View of Civis Optical Guidance System, Pavement Marking, and Curbside Docking
Planned BRT Station Design
The demonstration vehicle arrived in Southern Nevada in August 2002 for testing. The ten (10) RTC vehicles will begin arriving in Summer 2003 to begin operating the first full route of the MAX system in November 2003. MAX is being funded through a combination of local, state, and federal funds.
Planned Project Implementation*
Fare Collection - Not yet designated
* As defined by BRT Stages of Development Table
For current/additional information, visit the following web site:
Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada
Ms. June Devoll
Transit Operations Administrator
600 Grand Central Parkway, Suite 350
Las Vegas, NV 89106