Go Green With Pace
Pace has 91 buses at South Division which use compressed natural gas (CNG).
Public transportation is environmentally sound transportation
The problems are evident
Everyday millions of people sit in traffic, alone in their cars, as they
commute to work, school and other destinations around Chicagoland. The nation
is dependent on foreign oil, the environment is polluted with carbon emissions,
and road congestion robs drivers of hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars
But there is a solution
Imagine fewer cars on the road. Imagine no need for Ozone Action Days. Imagine
sitting back and relaxing during your daily commute, letting someone else take
the wheel while you get to and from work, school or other activities. All of
this is possible with public transportation. Reducing traffic and improving
the quality of our community's environment are some of Pace's top priorities.
By providing quality public transportation options, Pace can help residents
of Northeastern Illinois reduce their carbon footprint, protect the environment
for present and future generations, and conserve natural resources. In fact,
Pace's family of transit services already removes more than 100,000 cars
from our roadways every day.
Pace is a part of the solution
- Pace has 91 buses at South
Division which use compressed natural gas (CNG), a fuel source that emits
fewer greenhouse gases than diesel. South Division became a CNG fueling station
in 2016 and was retrofitted in 2017-18 to allow for indoor maintenance on CNG
- At the other divisions, Pace follows federal guidelines relating to clean
diesel and for the maintenance of different engine types to maximize productivity
and minimize pollution. We use ultra-low sulfur fuels that meet all federal
- Pace provides its employees with $75/month incentive to commute to work
in a vanpool. Learn how you can join a carpool or vanpool at
- Pace recycles tires that can be used for playground flooring, tire retreading
and even for tire derived fuel.
- Pace uses transit signal priority on several corridors, which saves fuel
and reduces carbon emissions released into the air by buses idling at a red
- Any newly purchased diesel-fueled bus, from El Dorado National, have transmissions
and hydraulic systems which utilize synthetic fluids that extend drain intervals
(every 75,000 miles instead of 12,000) for reduced environmental impact.
- In 2012, Pace purchased hybrid paratransit buses for Schaumburg and Elgin
and two full-sized hybrid buses for Highland Park.
Calculate how much you can save by using public transportation at
Facts & Figures provided by the American Public Transportation Association
Public Transportation Reduces Greenhouse Gases and Conserves Energy:
The "leverage effect" of public transportation reduces the nation's
carbon emissions by 37 million metric tons annually - equivalent to the electricity
used by 4.9 million households.
To achieve a similar reduction in carbon emissions, every household in New
York City, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Denver and Los Angeles combined would
have to completely stop using electricity.
People living in households within one-quarter mile of rail or one-tenth
mile from a bus stop drive approximately 4,400 fewer miles annually compared
to persons in similar households with no access to public transit.
This equates to an individual household reduction of 223 gallons of gasoline
Public Transportation Reduces Gasoline Consumption:
The "leverage effect" of public transportation, supporting transportation
efficient land use patterns, saves 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline - more than
three times the amount of gasoline refined from the oil we import from Kuwait.
Public transportation use saves the equivalent of 900,000 automobile fill-ups
The typical public transit rider consumes on average one half of the oil
consumed by an automobile rider.