MAX Ridership Strong in First Week

Articles MAX 08-28-13

It was a successful first week for the new Metro ArlingtonXpress, or MAX, commuter bus service. MAX provided 1,133 one-way trips during service August 19-23. The daily number of trips – when a person steps onto a bus for a ride – ranged from 157 to 261.

MAX, which connects downtown Arlington to the Trinity Railway Express CentrePort/DFW Station, serviced an array of commuters last week – from the traveler heading to DFW Airport for an international trip to families heading to cultural attractions in Dallas and Fort Worth.

“We are very excited about the citizens’ and businesses’ response to the MAX service,” said Jim Parajon, Community Planning & Development Director.  “The ridership for the first week has far surpassed the City’s projected ridership expected for the first year of service, let alone the first week.”

Buses will operate Monday-Friday from about 5:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. For a bus schedule, maps and other important information, visit RideTheMax.com.

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7 thoughts on “MAX Ridership Strong in First Week”

  1. I always thought that Arlington should have small shuttles at Shopping Center and Entertainment District periferal parking pickup points(on the outer edges of existing parking, away from the businesses). They would take people from the outer edges of popular shopping areas (All the Wall-marts,Target, the Highlands, Lincoln Square, The Ballpark and Stadium,Park Plaza,Pantego,and many other locations that people go and park their vehicles anyway. At these points their would be a call kiosk that would summon a (reasonably priced) little shuttle bus to take them to a MAX station. This would act as a convenient “Taxi” to and from the MAX service. Frequent users,students, the elderly and the handicapped could probably include it in their MAX ticket purchase and ride for free! It would allow Arlingtonians to travel the entire Metroplex from many points throughout Arlington without congesting the MAX’s parking resources.

  2. Your comment raised a few interesting points.

    >>NOTE: If you think for one minute that anyone in South, West or North or East Arlington is going to get in their vehicle, drive to UTA (leave their vehicle), catch a bus to Centerport, then take a train to DFW Airport or anywhere else in the DFW area you’re smoking something!

    People ALREADY were driving to Centreport to catch a connection to DAL & FTW. Driving to UTA slices off a significant portion of time, & commuting costs. The grand majority of people using MAX, love it, & have wanted it for a long time.
    It’s not a major revolution, to not have to drive your car several times a week. However, it’s a pleasent solution to have an alternative solution & choice.
    The tone of the email, in reference to MAX service raises several questions.

    1. Have you ridden the MAX or have any experience with riding public transportation on a REGULAR basis, in the area?
    (Or in ANY major size city?)
    2. Have you ever had to depend on public transportation to get somewhere?
    3. Have you ever found you needed or wanted an alternative to driving?

    The statement printed, INDICATES a somewhat, limited viewpoint, of a demographic, that lacks experience.
    You are quite entitled to your opinion, however, a strong statement tends to be more effective with data to back it up.
    Without going thru this area, & noting any positive examples to the development of the stadium/ballpark/MAX service, the comment seems ineffective.

    It’s quite true Great SW, was a strong thriving area, previously.
    There’s a great deal that is needed to reinvigorate the area.

    Securing the RANGERS & COWBOYS, certainly did not create the vision, that developers proposed, either. However, the area of COLLINS, did develop, partially, as a result of the sport teams’ location.
    It revitalized what was already there, & created more opportunities for new businesses.
    LINCOLN SQUARE is an example.
    One problem of the old COWBOYS STADIUM, was the fact it was highway, landlocked.
    Both the stadium & ballpark have developed to be community & family orientated. (Despite, how their tailgate party policies/restrictions have been developed.)

    The development is there, just not quite, the way it was envisioned.
    The MAX service is now here, too.

    Complaining only creates smoke around a problem, without identifying it.

    What do you propose for a solution?
    Go thru downtown & adjacent areas again, for another view.
    Try to look for & at the possibilities.

    Be part of the solution, not the problem.

    1. Michael L. King
      September 6, 2013

      I always thought that Arlington should have small shuttles at Shopping Center and Entertainment District “Periferal Parking Pickup Points“. (On the outer edges of existing parking, away from the businesses so as not to interfere with the normal activity of shoppers to those businesses.)
      These parking spaces are normally vacant most of the time and I’m sure some form of reciprical agreement could be made to the lot owners to allow their use.
      They would take people from the outer edges of popular shopping areas (All the Wall-marts,Target, the Highlands, Lincoln Square, The Ballpark and Stadium,Park Plaza,Pantego,and many other locations that people go and park their vehicles anyway.
      This would negate the feeling that they are parking away from familiar surroundings and are “abandoning” their vehicle in a strang place.
      At these points there would be a call kiosk (or possibly a cell-phone number?) that would summon a (reasonably priced) little shuttle bus to take them (only) to the nearest MAX station. (Hopefully by then there will be several.)
      This would act as a convenient “Taxi” to and from the MAX service.
      Frequent users,students, the elderly and the handicapped could probably combine it in their MAX ticket purchase and the ride to the Station would be included!!
      It would allow Arlingtonians to travel the entire Metroplex from many points throughout Arlington without congesting the MAX’s parking resources.
      With this sort of expansion of the MAX transportation system, Arlington would become the active, beating, HEART of the Metroplex!

      1. That’s a great idea, and hopefully in the future MAX service can be expanded. Thanks for your support of MAX.

  3. ★ Arlington doesn’t have a downtown with any large concentration of a working force. Arlington downtown consists of city government, county government, university, churches and nonprofits. Except for The Man’s Shop there is virtually no retail. Arlington is spread out over 100sq miles of shopping centers and two meaningful shopping areas.

    Arlington’s Great Southwest Industrial District, once the engine that supported this town with good paying jobs, has been destroyed by city leaders through shameful neglect over the years.
    We lost Fortune 500 Companies and other industries to Alliance and other more aggressive community economic development programs. When UTA and AISD students graduate, they will leave the area to find jobs elsewhere. There are no career jobs in Arlington.

    We were told that securing the Texas Rangers and the Dallas Cowboys would cause an influx of shops, hotels and industry surrounding the area where they exist! It’s been almost 30 years since the Rangers. Nothing! Since the Cowboys there are more parking lots and that’s it. Our elected officials and the Arlington Chamber of Commerce have been asleep at the wheel: chasing rabbits, entertainment venues and retail.

    What we need, is to spend our money attracting investors to rebuild the GSWID and other industrial sites that create more industry FIRST! Arlington still has a lot going for it: best location, highway access, airports, rail, universities, shopping and climate. What we have is a great town, yes I said town, with no leadership to turn it into a business friendly city of the future. Our leaders are hell-bent on bussing you to jobs in other cities and shopping retail elsewhere! Not attracting meaningful industry!!!

    NOTE: If you think for one minute that anyone in South, West or North or East Arlington is going to get in their vehicle, drive to UTA (leave their vehicle), catch a bus to Centerport, then take a train to DFW Airport or anywhere else in the DFW area you’re smoking something!

    Bus service? Really? Really? Get serious, NO!!! ಠ_ಠ
    Fight liberals until Hell freezes over, then we’ll fight them on ice!

    1. I thought that this was a pilot program that has the potential for expansion if successful. From this article, it sounds like the first week was successful. I think once there are more stops then yes more people from South, West, North, or East Arlington will hop on board. Also, you mention bussing people out of Arlington, but what about bringing them in? Arlington is necessary link in the chain of the metroplex, and if you think that Arlington can be the “business friendly city of the future” without having a public transit system, then “you’re smoking something.”

      1. Oh yes, I am going to drive my truck from South Arlington to UTA, catch a bus,ride to Trinity station, ride a train to Dallas or Ft. Worth. Then, I must do it in reverse on the return trip. City Council, don’t hold your breath on this one or any other one like it!

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