AURORA | Despite the roughly 20-degree temperatures atop the Iliff Station parking garage this morning, Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan wasn’t complaining as he celebrated the long-awaited start of light rail service through Aurora.
“A lot of people said it would be a cold day in…” Hogan said to a packed tent of people Friday morning, pausing for comedic effect. “…February…”
Aside from that verbal wink to some of the city’s perennial naysayers, Hogan and a smattering of other metro area leaders were all smiles at the grand opening celebration of the city’s now-operational R Line, which brings 10.5 new miles of light rail to the city and sews up what had been a lingering gap in the Regional Transportation District’s growing transit network.
After almost four years of construction and several months of delays, the R Line — also referred to as the I-225 Rail or the Aurora Line — will be running regularly from the northern terminus at the Peoria Station south to the current end of the line at Nine Mile, at I-225 and Parker Road. The R Line continues west and south before finishing each route at the Lincoln Station in Lone Tree.
Here’re some short videos explaining what’s what with the newest addition to the metroplex light rail system:
COOL PUBLIC ART
HOW TO GET ON BOARD
DRIVING THERE? HERE’S HOW PARKING WORKS
RULES OF THE RAILS