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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' was established.

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.

Chairman: Richard Kwasneski
Executive Director: T.J. Ross
Headquarters: 550 W. Algonquin Road, Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Operating Divisions: 12
Service Area: 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: 39,924,493
Regular one way fare: $1.75 Adults; $0.85 Reduced
Facilities: 9 Transportation and Transfer Centers, 18 Boarding and Turnaround Facilities, 9 Park and Ride Facilities
Fixed bus routes: 209 (all accessible)
Paratransit buses: 442
Vanpools: 784
Vanpool ridership in 2013: 2,187,283
Photo Credit: Ballogg - Ballogg Photography of Chicago Photo Credit: Ballogg - Ballogg Photography of Chicago

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