A new bus system is coming to Calgary, in the form of three new MAX lines.
According to a tweet from the City of Calgary, the MAX lines will become operational as of November 19, providing Calgarians quicker and easier options for getting around the city.
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The three new lines are colour coded Purple, Teal, and Orange, with the Purple Line taking riders from East Hills to City Centre, the Teal Line providing a lift from Westbrooke to Douglas-Glen, and the Orange Line going from Brentwood to Saddletowne.
On November 19 we’re introducing MAX – our NEW rapid transit service!
Whether it’s across town or downtown, MAX’s new Orange, Purple and Teal lines can take you where you need to go. Visit https://t.co/wQaDUoQvCd to learn more and plan your new route. pic.twitter.com/CjFleEXIV6
— City of Calgary (@cityofcalgary) October 11, 2018
The MAX lines are not a straight shot between the two destinations, as they’ll have stops along the way, though the buses will be faster due to the stops being fewer and further between than those of a regular bus route.
Changes to existing bus routes will also be implemented on the same date that the MAX lines are brought into the transit system.
The addition of dedicated bus lanes, real-time information displays, more direct connections, and heated shelters that will be implemented alongside the MAX lines rollout will all work towards improving the comfort of using public transit in the city.
Fares for the MAX will remain the same as taking a regular bus, at $3.30 for a regular adult fare and $10.50 for a day pass.
A fourth MAX line is also in the works to bridge downtown with Woodbine.
Calgarians will start seeing the new buses on the roads by next month, and they’ll be able to tell them apart from regular buses thanks to their unique colour schemes and designations in route names.
Maps, schedules, and rider guides for the new MAX bus routes can be found online at the City’s website.