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MAX Bus Rapid Transit Service

Come Join Us on MAX!

MAX Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) serves major activity and employment centers throughout our community including Midtown, CSU and Downtown. MAX links with other Transfort bus routes, Park-n-Rides, the City's bicycle/pedestrian trail system, and other local and regional transit routes to provide seamless service for passengers.

MAX follows a dedicated transit-only guideway (its own road) and mixed-traffic streets that run parallel to the BNSF Railway between the South Transit Center (south of Harmony Road) and Downtown. It is served by 12 stations and stops.

Summer Service During Select Sundays, 4th of July, and Festivals

MAX is your ticket to summer fun! In addition to its Monday through Saturday service, Transfort is pleased to announce that it is offering MAX service on three Sundays this summer to help festival go-ers have a fun, safe time Downtown.

Sunday Service Dates:
Taste of Fort Collins; Foothills Sunday Night Concert: June 12, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Brewer’s Fest: June 26, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest: August 14, 10 a.m .- 10 p.m.

Sunday service includes high frequency and extra buses on the route. $3 day passes are available at the MAX station ticket machines; kids 17 and under ride free.

Fourth of July
On Monday, July 4th, leave your car at home and ride MAX and Transfort to the downtown festivities and the fireworks at City Park. Shuttles will take people to and from City Park from the Downtown Transit Center and Colorado State University’s Moby Gym.

MAX and the Transfort shuttles to and from City Park operate from 5:30 p.m. and continues until crowds have cleared the celebration at City Park.

Ride MAX to All Summer Events
Heading to Downtown Fort Collins or the Colorado State University (CSU) campus for festivals, concerts or special events? With enhanced service, MAX can get you there and back faster, easier, and with more fun than driving. Leave your car at home or at a MAX park and ride. Whether you are attending Noontime Notes, Thursday Night Concerts, Ben and Jerry’s Friday Night Concerts, the Lagoon Series Concerts or some other fantastic event, MAX is your ticket to summer fun.

Park in Downtown Parking Structures on Select Saturdays for $5 The downtown parking structures offer special pricing during the Taste of Fort Collins and NewWestFest. Park all day Saturday, June 11 and August 13 for $5 (flat fee, no hourly rate). Parking structures are free year-round on Sundays.

Learn more about all Transfort schedules or downtown parking.

Enjoy Free WiFi on board MAX!

Connect your mobile device to "TRANSFORT". For WiFi assistance, contact the WiFi helpdesk at 970-212-0710. Please do not ask the bus driver for assistance. Note that service may not be available on certain buses and is subject to periodic outages.

For general Transfort information, such as bus schedules, contact 970-221-6620.

Questions About MAX?

How to Ride MAX

  1. Determine your fare. Purchase your MAX ticket before boarding at a station ticket machine or transit center – cash and credit cards are accepted. Do not show your ticket or pass to the bus driver. All Transfort bus passes are accepted on MAX. For help on using the ticket machines, download the user guide.
  2. Watch for a bus arrival time - Bus arrival information is displayed on screens and announcements at the stations.
  3. Enter one of three doors - wheelchairs to the front, bicycles to the rear.
  4. Wheelchairs - Enter through the front door. Choose either forward or rearward facing. MAX can accommodate two passengers with wheelchairs.
  5. Bicycles - Enter through the rear door. MAX can accommodate up to four bicycles. Secure your bicycle to a floor rack with the wheel holder, or hang your bicycle in an vertical rack. Make sure your bike is clear of the aisle. If no room is available on the bus, park your bicycle in a rack or wait for the next bus. Learn more.
  6. Transit Service Officers will ask for your ticket or bus pass once on board.
  7. Transfers - If you need to transfer to another route, keep your ticket as the transfer slip.

Getting to the Stations

  • Plan your bus trip with Google Transit
  • Find a station where you want to board the MAX
  • Check real-time bus information
  • Take a bus, ride a bike, walk or drive to a MAX station
  • By bus: Many Transfort routes connect to MAX. Check the system map and locate a bus stop near you.
  • By bike: Board your bike on a bus, or park at a bike rack at the stations. Loaner bikes are available at the Downtown Transit Center.
  • By car: Park in a park-n-ride lot at the following stations: Downtown Transit Center - Civic Center Parking Structure, Drake, Swallow, Troutman or the South Transit Center. Look for MAX parking signs along the corridor, or refer to the parking map below.

More Important Notes
- Keep off the guideway - only buses and authorized vehicles are allowed on the guideway, no cars, pedestrians or bicycles.
- Stations and transit centers are smoke-free.
- Walk your bike or skateboard at the station platforms.

Quick Links

View the MAX route
Transfort fares & passes
Download the Transfort app for MAX arrival times
MAX ticket machines user guide
MAX Art Overview and Sound Art Descriptions