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Metropolitan Area Express and ACE Express Bus Rapid Transit


Las Vegas Metropolitan Area Express and ACE Express BRT


To ease traffic congestion from residential neighborhoods to employment centers along the Las Vegas Strip, major investments in bus rapid transit (BRT) are being made, beginning with the Metropolitan Area Express (MAX). Since opening in 2005, MAX has carried 11,000 riders a day between North Las Vegas and downtown. WSP USA provided pavement design for a new optically guided vehicle, station location and design standards and signalization services to the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) in cooperation with the Nevada Department of Transportation.

For the ACE Express, which opened in 2010 serving the Las Vegas Strip, Convention Center and downtown areas, we provided design services to create two BRT-dedicated lanes on the median of the Grand Central Parkway with stations connected to sidewalks at signalized intersections. Special attention was paid to drainage design to ensure the system runs during rare periods of rainfall when the city is at high risk for flash flooding. During the first few months of operation, the ACE Express served nearly 20,000 tourists and residents per day.

Both systems were designed for maximum efficiency and low impact to the environment, with off-board fare collection, transit signal priority, and the use of electric hybrid vehicles that pull up to stations so that passengers in wheelchairs have easy boarding.