Aurora Transportation Center

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Aurora Transportation Center
Aurora Station - September 2016.jpg
The terminal tracks of the Aurora station in September 2016. The former Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad roundhouse is on the left.
Location 233 North Broadway
Aurora, Illinois
Coordinates 41°45′41″N 88°18′29″W / 41.7613°N 88.3081°W / 41.7613; -88.3081Coordinates: 41°45′41″N 88°18′29″W / 41.7613°N 88.3081°W / 41.7613; -88.3081
Owned by City of Aurora
Line(s)
Platforms 2 Side platforms
Tracks 2
Connections Local Transit Pace Buses
Construction
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Fare zone H
History
Opened 1986
Traffic
Passengers (2014) 2,107 (avg. weekday)[1]
Rank 8 out of 236[2]
Services
Preceding station   Metra   Following station
Terminus BNSF Railway

The Aurora Transportation Center is a station on Metra's BNSF Railway Line in Aurora, Illinois. The station is 38.4 miles (61.8 km) from Union Station, the east end of the line.[3] In Metra's zone-based fare system, Aurora is in zone H. There is a staffed station building.

Aurora is the west end of the BNSF Railway Line and is served by numerous Pace bus routes. It served as a Greyhound bus stop until September 7, 2011.[4] Amtrak trains do not stop here. There has been speculation that the line will be extended to the Plano Amtrak station.

California Zephyr at Aurora station in 1967

The station replaced the former Aurora Train Station, at the corners of South Broadway and Washington Street (see picture below). That station was smaller with considerably less parking area, but Amtrak trains as well as Metra trains stopped here. The station opened in the early 1900s and closed in the mid-1980s. The building was torn down in April 2013.

Aurora is a stub-track terminal, which means the Metra tracks actually stop here. Amtrak and BNSF freights use the two tracks east of the station.

Old Aurora CB&Q Station

Bus connections[edit]

Pace "Route 521 – East Circulator". PaceBus.com. Chicago: Pace Suburban Bus Service.  "Route 524 – West Circulator". PaceBus.com. Chicago: Pace Suburban Bus Service.  "Route 528 – Aurora Transportation Center/Rush-Copley Medical Center". PaceBus.com. Chicago: Pace Suburban Bus Service.  "Route 529 – Randall Road/5th Street". PaceBus.com. Chicago: Pace Suburban Bus Service.  "Route 530 – West Galena/Westfield Shoppingtown Fox Valley Center". PaceBus.com. Chicago: Pace Suburban Bus Service.  "Route 532 – Illinois Avenue". PaceBus.com. Chicago: Pace Suburban Bus Service.  "Route 533 – Molitor". PaceBus.com. Chicago: Pace Suburban Bus Service.  "Route 802 – Aurora/St. Charles". PaceBus.com. Chicago: Pace Suburban Bus Service.  "Route 907 – Oswego/Aurora Metra Shuttle". PaceBus.com. Chicago: Pace Suburban Bus Service. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-26. Retrieved 2016-04-01. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-26. Retrieved 2016-04-01. 
  3. ^ Metra Railfan Tips - BNSF Railway Line
  4. ^ Greyhound drops Dixon from service

External links[edit]

Media related to Aurora Transportation Center at Wikimedia Commons