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Fort Collins’ New MAX Bus Rapid Transit System Set to Open May of 2014 [PICTURES]

RichRichter & TimHackworth describe construction of South Transit Center
Todd Harding, TSM
Todd Harding Ready for the Tour
Adam Porter, TSM

The new MAX Bus Rapid Transit System in Fort Collins is an idea that was proposed 14 years ago.   We are finally seeing it come to life.  Yesterday I had  the opportunity to take a behind-the-scenes tour of the construction.  Here is what I learned:

  •  MAX Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is similar to light rail and called  “Rubber-Tired Light Rail”.
  •  Funding: $88 Million Total, $69 Million – Federal Government, $14 Million – State & Local, $4 Million – Fort Collins
  •  6 Buses have been purchased by the city. (50 Person Capacity) The first one arrives October 2013.
  • MAX Bus Rapid Transit route starts at the Downtown Transit Center and ends at the new South Transit Center.
  • Most of the underground utility work is now complete.
  • Dedicated concrete bus lanes called “Guideways” will be rapidly poured through the summer.

This YouTube video tells you more about the new MAX Bus Rapid Transit System:

Here are a few pictures I took on the tour on Thursday afternoon:

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