MAX will move you

MAX is Calgary’s new rapid transit service that takes you to major destinations with more convenience, more comfort and more connections than ever before. Learn more

With the arrival of MAX, improvements are also coming to existing bus routes. Learn more

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  • MAX Comfort

    Heated shelters, larger platforms, real-time displays, improved lighting and CCTV security cameras provide commuters with a new level of comfort, accessibility and safety.

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  • MAX Convenience

    With signal-light priority and queue jumps to bypass traffic, plus fewer stops, MAX gets you to your destination before you know it.

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  • MAX Connections

    With fewer transfers and better connections to major destinations, the CTrain and other bus routes, MAX makes it easier to get where you need to go.

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  • Comfort

  • Convenience

  • Connections

Three new lines,
three new colours

As part of Our Customer Commitment, we are introducing a new rapid transit service that is more convenient, comfortable and easy to use. MAX will connect you to more destinations across the city than ever before.

A fourth Southwest MAX line between downtown and Woodbine will start running in 2019. Just like the CTrain, each MAX line is colour-coded for easy identification. Learn more

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    MAX Purple

    East Hills – City Centre

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    MAX Teal

    Westbrook – Douglas Glen

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    MAX Orange

    Brentwood – Saddletowne

MAX Purple

Connecting Downtown to East Hills

MAX Purple serves key destinations such as East Hills, Forest Lawn, International Avenue, Inglewood and Downtown.

Plan your trip on MAX when service begins on November 19, 2018.

Major stops along the Purple MAX lineMajor stops along the Purple MAX line
  • City Hall

    In the heart of downtown you can connect with the Red and Blue CTrain lines, steps away.

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  • 6 St SE

    National Music Centre

    Celebrate Canada's music story through exhibitions, performances and education programs at Studio Bell.

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  • 12 St SE

    Inglewood

    Explore more than 220 businesses including shops, boutiques and eateries that attract locals and tourists alike.

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  • 19 St SE

    Sit back and enjoy the ride as MAX zips you along 17th Avenue with more comfort, convenience and connections.

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  • 26 St SE

    International Avenue

    Discover this vibrant business district with a wide variety of restaurants and grocery stores from around the world.

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  • 33 St SE

    With MAX service every 15 minutes during peak hours, it's never been easier to travel along 17th Avenue.

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  • 36 St SE

    Time to dig in to your favourite takeout food.

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  • 61 St SE

    Elliston Park

    With playgrounds, picnic tables and an off-leash area, Elliston Park is the perfect place for kids and the family dog.

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  • East Hills

    East Hills Shopping Centre has a wide selection of stores and entertainment.

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MAX Teal

Connecting Douglas Glen to Westbrook

MAX Teal can take you to Mount Royal University, Rockyview General Hospital and the Douglas Glen Park 'n' Ride. MAX Teal will also connect Westbrook and Heritage CTrain stations, and the future Green line CTrain station at Douglas Glen.

Plan your trip on MAX when service begins on November 19, 2018.

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MAX Orange

Connecting Brentwood to Saddletowne

MAX Orange serves major destinations such as Foothills Medical Centre, University of Calgary, SAIT, Peter Lougheed Centre and the Genesis Centre. MAX Orange also connects Brentwood and Saddletowne CTrain stations, so you won’t have to go downtown or transfer to cross the north side of the city.

Plan your trip on MAX when service begins on November 19, 2018.

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How to use MAX

Just like taking the bus or CTrain, using MAX is easy. Here’s where you can find some helpful tips.

How to use MAX - Rider's Guide

Rider's guide

Everything you need to know about using MAX and Calgary Transit is right here.

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How to use MAX - Fares

Fares

Find out what fares are for adults, youth, children and seniors.

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How to use MAX - Schedules

Schedules

Check when MAX is arriving.

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How to use MAX - Maps

Maps

See where MAX can take you.

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How to use MAX - Multimodal

Multimodal

MAX works together with walking, biking and CTrains to help you get around Calgary.

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How to use MAX - Trip Planning

Trip planning

Not sure where MAX can take you? All current Calgary Transit route-planning tools can be used.

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FAQs about MAX

What is MAX?

MAX is Calgary’s new rapid transit service that takes you to major destinations across the city with more convenience, more comfort and more connections than ever before.

When will MAX service begin?

MAX will start on November 19, 2018.

How is MAX different than regular bus service?

MAX offers a number of benefits including: more frequent service, less stops, dedicated bus lanes, signal priority, heated shelters, real-time information displays, plus more direct connections. It all adds up to more convenience, more comfort and more connections.

Will there be changes to the bus I take right now?

All the new route maps are included in The Rider’s Guide 2018, and you can visit calgarytransit.com/RouteChanges or use the Calgary Transit App to find schedules, maps and use the trip planner

Will the current BRT service still run?

Routes 300, 301, 302 and the western end of route 305 will continue to operate.

Will MAX have coloured route lines like the CTrain?

Yes, just like the CTrain has Red and Blue lines, MAX will be identified as MAX Orange, MAX Teal and MAX Purple.

How can I tell the difference between MAX and a local bus?

The bus destination sign will display MAX, the name of the route and the destinations; for example, MAX Purple to East Hills.

How much does it cost to take MAX?

MAX fares are the same as taking a bus or CTrain today.

Are more MAX lines being planned?

Yes, a fourth Southwest MAX line between downtown and Woodbine will start running in 2019.

Do other cities have rapid bus services like MAX?

Yes, cities around the world have adopted bus services similar to MAX, and use them as an integral part of their overall transit and transportation plans.

How is MAX more comfortable?

With heated shelters, larger platforms, real-time displays and improved security features, MAX gets you there more comfortably.

Heated shelters: keep you warm on those frosty winter mornings.

Larger platforms: provide a more spacious waiting area.

Signs: look for the easy to identify MAX signs at platforms.

Lighting: improved lighting at MAX stations.

CCTV: Closed Circuit TV cameras keep a watchful eye at MAX Purple stations.

Clean: MAX stations are part of a continuous cleaning and maintenance program.

How is MAX more convenient?

With signal-light priority and queue jumps to bypass traffic, plus fewer stops, MAX gets you to your destination before you know it.

Service: MAX operates seven days a week with buses running every 12–18 minutes during peak hours (6:30–9 a.m. & 3–6 p.m.), and every 20–30 minutes during off-peak hours.

Limited stops: MAX has fewer stops than regular bus service so you get to your destination faster.

Signal priority: modified traffic signals along the route provide an extended green signal when MAX is approaching.

Queue jumps: at many signalized intersections, MAX enters its own lane and receives an advanced green light to bypass traffic.

Real-time information displays: get up-to-the-minute information on when MAX will arrive at the station.

How is MAX more connected?

MAX Orange – Brentwood to Saddletowne
MAX Orange serves major destinations such as Foothills Medical Centre, University of Calgary, SAIT, Peter Lougheed Centre and the Genesis Centre. MAX Orange also connects Brentwood and Saddletowne CTrain stations, so you won’t have to go downtown or transfer to cross the north side of the city.

MAX Teal – Douglas Glen to Westbrook
MAX Teal can take you to Mount Royal University, Rockyview General Hospital and the Douglas Glen Park 'n' Ride. MAX Teal will also connect Heritage and Westbrook CTrain stations, and the future Green line CTrain station at Douglas Glen.

MAX Purple – Downtown to East Hills
MAX Purple serves key destinations such as East Hills, Forest Lawn,International Avenue, Inglewood and Downtown.