The 10.5-mile R Line (opening Feb.24,2017) and two stations in Aurora along the University of Colorado A Line offer prime opportunities for transit-oriented development (TOD).
TOD is simply compact, pedestrian-oriented, mixed-use development near transit stations. It’s the kind of urban development that was common in American cities and towns prior to World War II.
These walkable “urban villages” are highly appealing to Millennials and Baby Boomers and, as such, are a key part of Aurora’s economic development strategy. At Aurora’s 11 rail passenger station areas, TOD will provide new housing choices and the opportunity for live/work/play lifestyles. For the community at large, TOD can create memorable places to visit as well as access to regional transit.
These walkable transit-oriented developments feature multi-story structures with a mix of residential, office and retail uses. Plazas, buildings and walkways are oriented to the pedestrian and automobile parking in surface lots is minimized.
The new stations on The Aurora Line/I-225 Rail and the University of Colorado A Line are all part of the FasTracks mass transit system approved by metro area voters in 2004. Planning for these TOD areas focuses on the roughly one-half mile surrounding the transit station, or about a 15-minute walk for a pedestrian. Click on the map link to obtain more information:
Station Area Planning
With feedback gathered at public and stakeholder meetings, the city developed plans that created a vision for an overall character for the station areas, and identified development sites and pedestrian and vehicle connections. The plans are based on policies in the 2009 Aurora Comprehensive Plan, and have been developed for the following stations:
The station area plans include modifications to the TOD Zoning District available at each station, depending on the characteristics of the station area.
The Aurora Line/I-225 Rail and the University of Colorado A Line in Aurora – Video Flyover
View the video for a virtual tour of the coming rail corridors in Aurora. The video shows the alignment of the 10.5-mile Aurora Line/I-225 Rail from Nine Mile to the Peoria station and the four-mile University of Colorado A Line segment in Aurora between Peoria and the 40th Ave. & Airport Blvd.-Gateway Park stations.
Find out more about development and redevelopment opportunities at Aurora's rail stations.