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.

All MAX updates are available via Facebook at RideTheMax and on Twitter at @ArlingtonMAX. Subscribe to email updates at info@ridethemax.com.

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Michael L. King
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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… Read more »
REALITY
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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… Read more »
Michael L. King
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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… Read more »
Richard Malec
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★ 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… Read more »
Matt
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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.”

Martha McAfee
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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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