Aurora Transportation Center

The Aurora Transportation Center is a station on Metra's BNSF Railway Line in Aurora, Illinois. The station is 37.1 miles (59.7 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. Just north of the station is the Hill Yard, a large coach yard used to store the Metra trains on the BNSF Line. Aurora is a stub-track terminal, which means the Metra tracks end here. Amtrak and BNSF freights use the two tracks east of the station.

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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.
Location233 North Broadway
Aurora, Illinois
Coordinates41°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 byCity of Aurora
Line(s)BNSF Chicago Subdivision
Platforms2 Side platforms
Tracks2
ConnectionsLocal Transit Pace Buses
Construction
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Fare zoneH
History
Opened1986
Traffic
Passengers (2014)2,107 (avg. weekday)[1]
Rank8 out of 236[2]
Services
Preceding station Metramlogo.svg Metra Following station
Terminus BNSF Railway Route 59
Former services at old station
Preceding station BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak Following station
Galesburg
toward Oakland
San Francisco Zephyr
Until 1983
Chicago
Terminus
Galesburg Desert Wind
Until 1983
Plano
toward Quincy
Illinois Zephyr
Until 1983
La Grange Road
toward Chicago
Preceding station Burlington Route Following station
Bristol
toward Denver
Main Line La Grange
toward Chicago
Sugar Grove Minneapolis – Chicago
Terminus Suburban Service Eola
toward Chicago

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]

HistoryEdit

The station replaced the former Aurora station, at the corners of South Broadway and Washington Street. The station was constructed in 1922 by the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad and closed in 1986. It was also served by Amtrak and Metra trains until the opening of the Aurora Transportation Center. The building was torn down in April 2013.[5] Amtrak service shifted to Naperville station, and continue to stop presently.

 
California Zephyr at Aurora station in 1967

Bus connectionsEdit

Pace

  • 524 West Aurora[6]
  • 530 West Galena/Naperville[7]
  • 533 Northeast Aurora[8]
  • 540 Farnsworth Avenue[9]
  • 802 Aurora/Geneva via Lake[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-26. Retrieved 2016-04-01.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-26. Retrieved 2016-04-01.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Metra Railfan Tips - BNSF Railway Line
  4. ^ Greyhound drops Dixon from service
  5. ^ Joseph P. Schwieterman (2014). Terminal Town. Lake Forest College. p. 148–149. ISBN 978-0-9823156-9-9.
  6. ^ "Route 524 – West Aurora". PaceBus.com. Chicago: Pace Suburban Bus Service.
  7. ^ "Route 530 – West Galena/Naperville". PaceBus.com. Chicago: Pace Suburban Bus Service.
  8. ^ "Route 533 – Northeast Aurora". PaceBus.com. Chicago: Pace Suburban Bus Service.
  9. ^ "Route 540 – Farnsworth Avenue". PaceBus.com. Chicago: Pace Suburban Bus Service.
  10. ^ "Route 802 – Aurora/Geneva via Lake". PaceBus.com. Chicago: Pace Suburban Bus Service.

External linksEdit

 
Aurora Transportation Center