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Aurora’s light rail line no longer target of service cuts under RTD revised plan

Author: Adam McCoy - October 20, 2017 - Updated: October 20, 2017


After fielding much furor over proposed light rail line service reductions, the Regional Transportation District OK’d a new plan for the R Line running through Aurora, excluding the cuts.

RTD targeted the R line, which runs through Aurora along Interstate 225, for reduced service due to poor ridership. But the route is just six months old, Aurora officials argued, calling the proposal premature. Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan also said the district had fallen short on properly marketing the R line to develop ridership. Cuts to the line would have reduced weekday service and ceased weekend routes.

But now, the transit agency’s board of directors has walked back those cuts, approving a new R line plan this week that doesn’t change much of anything, 9News reports.

After public meetings, calls and emails, RTD revised its plan to keep weekday service as is, and reduce weekend service to every 30 minutes on weekends instead of every 15, according to the RTD board member for that district, Bob Broom.

The board is expected to hold its final vote Oct. 24. Broom told 9News he expects the plan to win approval and doesn’t believe service reductions make sense for any line younger than 1 year.

Adam McCoy

Adam McCoy

Adam McCoy covers Denver-area politics for Colorado Politics.