Pace recognizes National Infrastructure Week
As National Infrastructure Week kicks off on May 13, Pace is saddled with a backlog of $1.3 billion in unmet capital needs;
our region as a whole requires nearly $30 billion in transit investment. It's time for our leaders to invest in our state's future. We need capital funding that sustainably funds public transportation. If we invest in transit, Illinoisans can better access jobs, schools, healthcare, affordable housing, and regional amenities. If we don't, our system will feel the impact, meaning slow, crowded service; broken-down vehicles; and roads choked with traffic and pollution. We urge our representatives in Springfield and Washington to invest in more express service; better ADA Paratransit technology and facilities; a faster, more reliable network, and replacement for our aging infrastructure.
Pace and Regional Transit Leaders Advocate for Funding on National Get on Board Day
Pace Board Member Karen Tamley and Executive Director Rocky Donahue joined officials from
our region and throughout Illinois on April 25 to advocate for investment in public transit.
Pace riders who want to make their voices heard in the State Capitol can contact their
legislators. Thanks for being our partner as
we work to get the funding we need to improve our public transit infrastructure!
CTA, Metra and Pace provide more than two million rides each weekday, saving
riders time and money, reducing automobile traffic, and fueling our economy. Our
transit system now has $30 billion of unmet
and more than a decade has passed since the State of Illinois last funded a capital bill.
The RTA's Regional Transit Strategic Plan,
Invest in Transit, sets clear priorities for public transportation across Chicago and Northeastern Illinois,
calling for $2 to $3 billion a year of investments over the next decade. Please support our
region's "Get On Board" campaign by telling elected officials you support more funding for public
transportation. Visit GetonBoardIL.org to email your state legislator
or tweet to them using #InvestInTransit.
Pace Eliminating Three Poorly Performing Services
Several services approved for elimination as part of the
Pace 2019 budget are scheduled for elimination in April and
June. Pace's 2019 budget includes the elimination of 12 poorly
performing services in total and the reallocation $1.2 million
into a $1.7 million service enhancement effort that will reduce
overcrowding, improve on-time performance and support the launch
of the Pulse Milwaukee Line, which is expected this fall.
The services to be eliminated this spring a are:
- Saturday service on Route 209 (last day of service: June 8)
- Route 304 (last day of service: TBD in August)
- Route 326 (last day of service: TBD in August)
Pace has worked to encourage ridership on these routes, but they
are not performing to Pace's standards. As a responsible steward of
taxpayer dollars, Pace can no longer support these routes which do
not generate the necessary fare revenue.
Pace Routes 661, 809 and 824 were eliminated effective January 21.
Effective March 3, Saturday service on Route 348, Route 362, Route 532,
Saturday service on Route 540, and Saturday service on Route 546 were
eliminated. As of April 6, Saturday service on Route 504 was eliminated.
Permanent Role for Executive Director Rocky Donahue
Rocky Donahue, who had been acting as Interim Executive Director
of Pace Suburban Bus since December 2018, has now assumed the
role permanently as of March 1. At their meeting on Wednesday,
February 13, the Pace Board of Directors approved an ordinance
appointing Donahue as only the third Executive Director in Pace's
history. This move follows the retirement of longtime Pace Executive
Director T.J. Ross.
"Rocky is an ideal candidate for this role. He has the experience,
the know-how and the commitment to lead this agency," said Pace
Chairman Rick Kwasneski. "He's a public servant above all else
and will work tirelessly, as he has, to meet the needs of the
communities we serve." Donahue started at Pace 36 years ago,
most recently serving as Deputy Executive Director of External
Relations and Interim Deputy Executive Director of Internal
"During my time as RTA Chairman, I've been impressed by Mr.
Donahue's knowledge and experience as it relates to our regional
transit system," said RTA Board Chairman Kirk Dillard. "He is
a leader who will move Pace Suburban Bus and ADA Paratransit
forward to continue to meet the needs of its riders." Donahue
started his career in public transportation as a Financial Analyst
at the RTA.
"I'm honored to serve as Pace's Executive Director," said
Donahue. "I'm proud of the work that Pace does. We're not just
a suburban bus company anymore. We're evolving, and I'm excited
to lead Pace as we improve people's lives through reliable and
accessible public transportation, whatever form that takes."
Pace Call-n-Ride is now Pace On Demand
New name, same affordable ride right outside your door! In
part to draw attention to the online booking feature added to
most of our former Call-n-Ride routes (and coming soon to the
rest), Pace has rebranded this convenient service. It will still
work the same way: Anyone in one of the eleven On Demand regions
can reserve a ride to anywhere else within that region. The
fare is still just $2.00 with Ventra!