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I-90 Market Expansion
Pace I-90 Market Expansion Program
In coordination with the Illinois Tollway rebuilding and widening of the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90), Pace’s I-90 Market Expansion Program introduces new transit service and supportive infrastructure along the corridor between Randall Road and Rosemont. This multi-phased program launched in 2012 and is made possible through the work of many partners, including the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Illinois Tollway, Regional Transportation Authority, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, Chicago Transit Authority, Cook County, Kane County, Village of Hoffman Estates and Illinois Department of Transportation. Phase 1 of the I-90 Market Expansion occurred in August 2013 with the expansion of service on Routes 600, 606, 610 and 895, and Phase 2 occurred in December 2016, with the implementation of the new routes, improved service, and enhanced facilities described below. Additional changes will go into effect later this year.
Phase 3 Changes Coming Summer 2017
As part of the I-90 Rebuilding and Widening Project, the entire I-90 corridor has been reconstructed to include flexible infrastructure to enable the Tollway to add new “smart” features as needed or as they become available. The new gantries will not be used for toll collection or violation enforcement. The new I-90 SmartRoad will create the option for Pace buses to travel in the new transit-only Flex Lanes when congestion is present. When the I-90 Flex Lanes are ready for Pace buses to use in the summer of 2017, schedules may be adjusted to reflect the faster trip times.
This video, from the Tollway, explains the benefits of the new features:
Phase 2 Service Changes (Completed On Time as of December 19, 2016)
Did you know that by 2040 the 27-mile stretch of I-90 between Elgin and O’Hare is projected to have as many jobs as the Loop? Until now, however, many of those suburban jobs weren’t easily accessible by public transit. Transit users now have vastly improved job access to and from the northwest suburbs. Those who drive will discover new opportunities to use efficient and affordable transit to get to work, including free access to Pace’s Park-n-Rides, which will offer 551 new parking spaces by the end of 2017.
Six New Routes
New and Updated Facilities
New Pace I-90/Randall Road Park-n-Ride located off Point Boulevard, near the intersection of I-90 and Randall Road in Elgin. Riders can board Routes 550, 605 and 607 here.
Pace Elgin Transportation Center
Completed on December 1, the Elgin TC now features a new building, a Ventra vending machine, and new bus and operator facilities.
Pace Northwest Transportation Center (NWTC) in Schaumburg
Pace’s renovation at the NWTC added 32 spaces to the free park-n-ride facility there. New signage for the new services was also installed. See the layout here which shows the new boarding locations.
Rosemont Transit Center
In partnership with Cook County and CTA, the work funded by Pace at this heavily used transfer location improves safety for pedestrians and creates a new bus bay to accommodate the extra I-90 express buses. Bus bays have been reassigned, see the layout here which shows the new boarding locations.
New 40' express buses with Wi-Fi and USB charging ports
Other Schedule Updates
To reflect additional connections with new services, we have updated schedules for Routes 208, 221, 223, 230, 234, 303, 326, 332, 541, 546, 547, 548, 549, 554, 696, 757 & 895. Please note there are no planned service changes for these routes.
I-90 Corridor Service
These new services allow you to relax and make the most of your commute. Watch a movie using free Pace Wi-Fi on Pace Express buses and take advantage of the USB charging ports! In summer 2017, Pace will be able to use the Tollway’s new Flex Lanes to bypass traffic and save even more time!
Approximate Travel Times
Pace Elgin Transportation Center n Rosemont Transit Center → 38 min. Pace I-90/Randall Park-n-Ride Station n Rosemont Transit Center → 38 min. Pace Northwest Transportation Center (NWTC) n Rosemont Transit Center → 27 min. Pace I-90/Randall Park-n-Ride Station n Pace Northwest Transportation Center (NWTC) → 29 min.
Compare the cost of driving downtown from Randall Road in Elgin and back to taking the bus and train to see how much you’ll save switching to Pace:
Based on fare, tolls and distance from the Pace I-90/Randall Road Park-n-Ride;
gas cost of $2.50/gal.; and average daily parking costs in downtown Chicago.
Coming Later in 2017
Pace I-90/IL 25 Park-n-Ride Station
Located on Illinois Route 25 just off of I-90, this free Park-n-Ride will have 199 spaces and will be served by Routes 543, 603, 605 and 607.
Barrington Road Distributor Service
This service will operate between the Kiss-n-Ride at the Pace I-90/Barrington Road Park-n-Ride Station and nearby residential and business centers south of I-90.
Pace I-90/Barrington Road Park-n-Ride Station
Located on Barrington Road just off of I-90, this free Park-n-Ride will have
approximately 170 spaces and will be served by Routes 603, 605 and 607. Pace’s
I-90/Barrington Road Park-n-Ride Station is an innovative passenger facility which
will board and alight (pick up and drop off) express route passengers at a time-saving
on-highway bus stop. This station will be accessible by a pedestrian bridge and
an underpass crossing for Park-n-Ride and Kiss-n-Ride access.