Centrally located in the United States, Aurora functions as one of the metro areas most strategic transportation hubs. Aurora accesses multiple interstate highways, highly efficient airports, two major rail lines, and an expanding mass transit network including Light Rail.
Denver International Airport
Denver International Airport’s (DIA) is the 5th busiest commercial passenger airport in the United States and the 15th busiest in the world with 52.6 million passengers in 2013. A major hub for United, Southwest and Frontier Airlines, the airport averaged 1,550 passenger flights daily to more than 180 nonstop destinations. The airport has service to more than 20 international destinations in nine countries.
Aurora offers prime airport locations for industrial, distribution, hotel, regional headquarters, corporate training facilities and general business services plus the airport is 35 minutes or less from virtually anywhere in the city.
Front Range Airport
Front Range Airport delivers a full range of services for commercial, corporate, and private aircraft. Created in 1982 to serve as a general aviation reliever airport, Front Range Airport is now the largest general aviation airport in Colorado. With its unique location just 22 miles from downtown Denver and six miles southeast of Denver International Airport, Front Range Airport features premiere general aviation facilities, in addition to 24-hour a day air cargo operations, railway track access, and business airpark opportunities.
Front Range Airport has applied to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to become a licensed spaceport to serve as a launch sight for suborbital Reusable Launch Vehicles (RLV) and as a test sight for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV).
Heavy and Light Rail
Burlington Northern Santa Fe and Union Pacific Railroad provide freight service.
The R Line along I-225, is part of the Regional Transportation District's 2004 voter-approved FasTracks plan to expand transit across the Denver metro region. The new R Line will consist of eight stations and connect major destinations such as the Aurora City Center, the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, the Fitzsimons Life Science District and Denver International Airport via a transfer to the East Rail Line. The full 10.5-mile light rail line is slated to be completed in 2016.
Three major highway corridors, E-470, I-70 and I-225, give Aurora workers and businesses fast access to the region. The 47-mile E-470 is a metro outer belt and tollway that runs along Aurora’s eastern perimeter. The road links Aurora to the metro area’s southern and northern suburbs and provides them a direct route to Denver International Airport. I-70 is the Aurora/Denver metro area’s major east/west corridor. It is the heart of the Rocky Mountain region’s most significant industrial and distribution complex. I-225 runs north/south through the heart of Aurora. It ties the I-70 industrial corridor on the north to the region’s largest office district along I-25 to the south. The highway simplifies access to Aurora’s central commercial and office districts and the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and Fitzsimons Life Science District.
Railways and Light Rail
Aurora owns and operates its own water system, fed by Rocky Mountain snowmelt and river systems. Current storage capacity is anticipated to meet the city's needs well into the next century. In 2010, Aurora added an innovative system called Prairie Waters that uses a sustainable water supply by recapturing river water to provide drought insurance and as a cornerstone of a water supply plan that will help meet Aurora’s needs for decades. Prairie Waters uses both natural cleansing processes and stateof-the-art purification technology to deliver an additional 3.3 billion gallons of water per year.