Pace History & Facts
Pace was created by the 1983 RTA Act to unify the numerous disparate suburban
bus agencies that existed at that time. In doing so, fares, branding and
management were made consistent throughout the region. On July 1, 1984,
the consolidated agency began operations as the Suburban Bus Division of
the Regional Transportation Authority. A year after that, the brand name 'Pace'
Pace is governed by a 13 member
Board of Directors
comprised of current and former suburban mayors and the Commissioner of
the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities for the City of Chicago.
For its first few years, Pace focused on the unification efforts and
renewing its bus garages and fleet, but rapid population and employment
growth in the suburbs led to multiple strategic planning and long range
planning efforts that took place in the late 1980s and throughout the 1990s.
In 2002, Pace launched the biggest transit initiative ever proposed for
Chicago's suburbs, called Vision
2020: Blueprint for the Future. The innovative plan is creating a faster
network that is more convenient and simpler to understand.
Accessibility has always been a hallmark of Pace service. Pace provided ''Section
504'' service to people with disabilities several years before this
type of service was required by the Americans with Disabilities Act. In
2006, Pace had established itself as a leader in providing efficient, quality
service to people with disabilities, and the Illinois legislature designated
that Pace would assume responsibility for ADA paratransit in Chicago from
the CTA. The move made Pace the largest providers of paratransit service
in the United States.
Pace established one of the largest vanpool programs in the nation and
became the regional ridesharing administrator for Northeastern Illinois
in 2006, bringing coordination of carpools into the program. PaceRideShare.com
is the outlet for these services, offering commuters the ability to create
a profile and gather information on others with similar travel patterns
in order to form carpools or vanpools.
||550 W. Algonquin Road, Arlington Heights, IL 60005
||3,446 square miles, larger than the state of Delaware
and about 15 times the size of the City of Chicago; it covers six
counties - suburban Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will -
and 284 municipalities.
|Population of service area:
||Approximately 8.3 Million Residents
|Total ridership in 2013:
|Regular one way fare:
||$1.75 Adults; $0.85 Reduced
||9 Transportation and Transfer Centers, 18 Boarding
and Turnaround Facilities, 9 Park and Ride Facilities
||209 (all accessible)
|Vanpool ridership in 2013:
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