Aurora is facing significant cuts to transit service with the latest proposal from the Regional Transportation District (RTD) to address its shortage of bus and light rail transit operators. While the city of Aurora supports equitable, temporary RTD service reductions, we oppose any service cuts for the R Line and bus routes 153 and 157.
The proposal would reduce the R Line frequency to every 30 minutes, from 15 minutes. No other light rail line is being targeted for such drastic cuts in service. The proposed frequency will disproportionately impact Aurora’s residents and businesses and undermine mobility freedom for everyone.
Cuts to bus routes 153 and 157 will negatively impact the Community College of Aurora, Buckley Air Force Base, Hinkley, Gateway and Smoky Hill high schools and the city’s other transit-dependent residents.
The city of Aurora is asking the RTD Board of Directors to not support or approve any service reductions for the R Line and bus routes 153 and 157 and meet with the city of Aurora to come up with a better plan that is equitable for our community.
Residents are urged to email the board, fax comments to 303.299.2227 or attend the public meeting at 6 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Aurora Central Library, 14949 E. Alameda Parkway. The public comment period ends March 5.
Visit AuroraGov.org/NoRTDCuts for a sample letter to RTD board directors, board email addresses and more information.