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Transportation

There are many ways to get around Denver. Whether you live on campus or thirty minutes away, here are some helpful links and information about transportation in the Denver Metro area:

Public Transportation

All MSU Denver students receive a pass for public transit. Your student fees cover the cost of your ECO Pass. You can pick up your RTD pass on campus in Tivoli Station (Bookstore), located on the second floor of the Tivoli Student Union. The pass will remain valid every semester you are enrolled in classes.

You can utilize RTD’s Trip Planner to find the quickest route to your destination: https://www.rtd-denver.com/app/plan

There is also an app available for smartphones to easily access the RTD Trip planner.

Whether you live on campus or thirty minutes away, here are some helpful links and information about transportation in the Denver Metro area.

RTD Lightrail System

The RTD rail system operates 365 days a year. Eight rail lines service 53 stations along the Denver's North, East, Southeast, Southwest, and West rail corridors. There are two convenient lightrail stations on the edges of campus for easy access. Check out the RTD rail system service information: http://www.rtd-denver.com/lightrail.shtml

RTD Bus System

The RTD bus system operates 365 days a year, offering service at more than 10,000 bus stops across eight counties in the Denver metro area. There are multiple bus lines that run near or through campus for easy access. Check out the RTD bus service information page: http://www.rtd-denver.com/bus.shtml

Driving & Parking on Campus

There are over 15 parking lots and garages on the Auraria Campus. There are options to pay by the hour or purchase a parking pass. 

Click the image below to locate specific parking lots or download the Parking Map of Auraria Campus.

To learn more about pricing of each lot, please visit AHEC's Parking and Transportation website.

Ride Sharing & Car Services

Denver locals utilize these ride and car sharing services: 

Biking

Biking is an easy mode of transportation. Denver has numerous bike paths and a large biking community. Visit Auraria’s homepage to learn about the benefits of biking and to register your bicycle today: www.ahec.edu/about-auraria-campus/campus-sustainability/alternative-transportation/bikes-on-campus/

Denver also has a bike sharing service that is perfect for quick trips to campus or around Downtown Denver: B-Cycle. Register online using a credit card and check out a bike from one of numerous stations. Once you return the bike to another B-Cycle station, you’ll be charged for the amount of time you used. Check out B-Cycle today: 
denver.bcycle.com/

When biking in Denver remember to bring your SASS:

  • Safe: Wear a helmet.

  • Awareness: Auraria campus prohibits biking on pedestrian walkways. Not abiding by this may result in a ticket. Other locations may also have similar rules, be aware of the regulations in your surroundings.

  • Secure: Lock your bike with a u-lock (to help avoid theft).

  • Savvy: You can also combine your bike commute with public transit. RTD provides services to accommodate bicyclists.