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Top Ways to Commute for Those Planning to Buy a Home in Denver

February 22, 2017

If you are planning to buy a home in Denver and have not lived here before, there are many different ways to get around! While much of the city is quite walkable in many areas, you have options when it comes to getting around. From maneuvering in your car to public transportation, there are plenty of ways you can get around the city.

Driving a Car

Many people in Denver choose a personal vehicle to get around the city. The highway system can help you get around but you might notice that you will run into traffic. I-70 runs east and west while I-25 takes you north and south. Then, I-25 and I-225 create a loop around the area, which is within a larger loop that extends out to Lakewood, Aurora, Highlands Ranch, Centennial and more. C-470 and E-470 wrap around the entire metro area, connecting with I-70. When winter time rolls around, it is important to be prepared--especially if you are not used to the snowy and icy conditions. First, always make sure you have plenty of gas and keep a safety kit that includes essentials if you get into a wreck or are stranded. Next, leave plenty of room between you and the car in front of you and avoid immediate stops as much as possible. Make sure you don’t text and drive. Learn more about the facts and statistics of distracted driving.

Take the Bus

Denver’s RTD bus system is open all year long. This mode of transportation has over 10,000 stops in eight counties, allowing users many stop opportunities if they prefer not to drive a vehicle. When traveling far, you can utilize RTD’s Trip Planner to help you learn where to stop, connect and more. Local rides are $2.60, regional rides are $4.60 and trips to the airport are $9. Those with disabilities or seniors over the age of 65 qualify for a 50 percent decrease in fares. When paying, you can purchase a day pass, one-way trip, tickets for multiple trips or passes and ticket books for larger amounts. Please note that when using the bus systems, RTD notes that drivers do not make change, so it is important you have the exact amount available for your fare.

Denver’s Light Rail System

Also through RTD is a light rail system. This also runs every day throughout the year. There are 53 stations located in the north, east, southeast, southwest and west regions around the city. Fares are the same as the bus, at $2.60 for local rides, $4.50 for regional rides and $9 to the airport. Boarding is simple! You will go to your nearest location and use the guides to find where to board. Depending on which type of rail system you have, there is 20 seconds to 45 seconds to board. Learn how to ride the rail from the RTD website.

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