AURORA, Colo. -- Starting Feb. 24, you'll be able to take light rail to more destinations in the eastern metro area.
The new rail service from Lone Tree through Aurora to the Peoria Station near Interstate 70 will open a new transit corridor for commuters.
The R Line extends service from the Nine Mile Station more than 10 miles north to the Peoria Station. From there, travelers can take the A Line to Denver International Airport or Union Station.
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The R Line will run 22 miles from the Lincoln Station to the Peoria Station, RTD said. It will provide service to 16 stations. Eight stations are new with four new Park-n-Rides.
"The R 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 Hospital," RTD officials said.
"This project also extends RTD’s current H Line from Nine Mile to the new Florida Station."
"Light rail will transform Aurora," Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan said in the statement. "This rail line traverses the core of the city, and when it opens ... it will truly connect the entire metropolitan region to Aurora."
All trips on the R Line are local fare ($2.60). If a trip involves a transfer to another line, fares could be regional fare ($4.50) or airport fare ($9) depending on the destination.