Originally Posted by mmgarda
How is public transportation in Denver?
Do you any insight into Aurora, Arveda or Littleton areas?
I've been using the bus system (RTD) here for almost ten years and I'm pretty happy with it overall. The best buses are the regional ones, like the ones that go from Denver to the airport, or the ones that go from downtown Denver to Boulder, stopping at a few other park and rides on the way. Those are comfortable and on time unless there's an accident or a lot of snow. Even then, if it's during rush hour and they're running every 15 minutes, it usually means there's still a bus within 15-20 minutes. Once you get in in bad weather it will take longer, but it's really not that bad.
The local buses vary. If I'm going downtown I usually drive the 2.5 miles to the park and ride and take an express bus downtown (15 minutes) rather than taking the local to the park and ride. The local that goes past my neighborhood to that park and ride has a tendency to be just late enough that I miss my connection for the downtown bus and end up sitting there for another 25 minutes.
But if I want to head north to the other park and ride and take the local, that one is reasonably on time (and there's a larger connection window). I've had pretty good luck with the downtown local buses, and that's how DD and I usually go to get to the zoo. I also sometimes connect to light rail, depending on where I'm going in Denver.
DH also takes a regional bus to work most mornings, going from Westminster to Aurora to the CU Health Sciences Center campus. He prefers the bus to driving.
(I do wish the buses ran more frequently and there were more of them, but Denver isn't as big as NYC or Chicago, yk?)
I'm pretty familiar with Arvada. We lived in an apartment there for two years and liked the area. We live just north of Arvada now. The Old Town area is really nice, so DD and I sometimes go there to visit a local yarn shop and maybe to stop in at the library or other places down there. It has some nice bike/hike/jogging trails that I enjoy, and it has reasonably good access to I-70 or to Hwy 36, depending on where you're located. My sister lives two miles away from me and is in Arvada and loves her neighborhood. (I like mine too. It's not quite as nice as hers is, but I'm within walking distance Standley Lake so I'm not complaining.
I really like Colorado. I moved here from the Chicago twelve years ago and enjoyed both living in Fort Collins and now here in the Westminster/Arvada area. Fort Collins did have a lot of traffic--I used to walk to their Old Town or the CSU campus and only took my car out to do errands.
Boulder's fun too, though I hate driving there. If I'm in Boulder, I either take the bus all the way up and then use their public transportation (which might well be the best anywhere in Colorado), or else I park on the edge of town and take the buses to get to where I'm going.