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Making connections on the R Line through Aurora

To some people, it means personal mobility and freedom. To others, it means access to new job opportunities.

No matter how you plan to use it, when the new light rail train line begins operating as the R Line along the I-225 corridor through Aurora later this year, it will offer you new options to get to work, go to school, visit friends, shop or go to a doctor's office.

It may even help people save money they otherwise might spend on buying, maintaining and operating a car.

The R Line includes 10.5 miles of new track running between Peoria Station on the north to Nine Mile Station on the south. The entire R Line will run between Lincoln Station and Peoria Station when it opens later this year.

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Workers install light rail train track at Peoria Station

It will bring light rail through the heart of Aurora. The line will connect riders to major activity centers like the Aurora Metro Center, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Children's Hospital, and the new Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital.

Affordable and reliable access

Designed to encourage an urban feel through the city center, the R Line will provide affordable and reliable access to numerous local businesses, restaurants and government offices bringing more transportation options than ever before.

"Light rail will transform Aurora," Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan said. "This is not just a train line running through Aurora. This 10.5-mile rail line traverses the core of the city, and when it opens at the end of the year, it will truly connect the entire metropolitan region to Aurora."

The new light rail line will travel along portions of routes where RTD's existing H, E and F light rail lines already run that connect Denver, Aurora and Lone Tree.

It also will connect to the University of Colorado A Line's commuter rail trains that provide service to Denver International Airport and Union Station downtown.

New connections to RTD bus routes will be provided at the following locations:

  • Peoria Station
  • Colfax Station
  • li>Aurora Metro Center (Centrepoint/Sable bus transfer facility)
  • Florida Station
  • Iliff Station

In addition, the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus plans to offer a free shuttle service from Fitzsimons Station that will provide transportation to the campus for medical staff, students, patients and employees.

Big benefits

According to the American Public Transportation Association, public transportation saves fuel, reduces congestion and saves money.

APTA reports that Americans living in areas served by public transportation save 865 million hours in travel time and 450 million gallons of fuel annually in congestion reductionalone.

A household can save more than $10,100 by taking public transportation and living with one less car.

That fact alone proves the old adage: It pays to have connections.