Denver’s 16.8km (10.4-mile), USD687m R line extension through Aurora (Nine Mile Rd to I-7 in Peoria) was opened on 24 February in a ceremony at Iliff station attended by Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan, Denver mayor Michael Hancock and Regional Transportation District (RTD) Chair Larry Hoy, as well as RTD CEO Dave Genova. This was followed by free rides from 11.00 to 21.00. Revenue service started on 25 February; the normal fare is USD2.60.
The full R line (35.4km/22 miles) runs through the eastern suburbs from Peoria to Lincoln every 15 minutes at peak times, 30 minutes off-peak, using existing tracks from Nine Mile Rd to Lincoln; it is the only RTD light rail line not serving the city centre. The line is part of the voter-approved FasTracks initiative and work started in spring 2012, with construction in the hands of Kiewit Infrastructure.
There is interchange with line A at Peoria and lines E and F at Belleview and park-and-ride
facilities are provided at four stations. The opening also permitted line H service to be extended from Nine Mile Rd to Florida in Aurora.
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