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North Central Service Shuttle Initiative will improve service and connections

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North Central Service Shuttle Initiative

STATUS: In Progress

Pace has been working with the Transportation Management Association (TMA) of Lake Cook and Metra since 2004 to evaluate the feasibility of shuttle services between suburban Metra North Central Service (NCS) stations and nearby employers.

The inspiration for the North Central Service Shuttle Initiative was Metra's expansion of service on the NCS line, including the addition of "reverse-commute" trips that operate outbound from Chicago in the morning and inbound to Chicago in the afternoon, that took effect in early 2006.

Shuttle services in the North Central Service corridor will be similar to Pace's Shuttle Bug routes that connect many TMA of Lake Cook employers with stations along Metra's Union Pacific-North and Milwaukee District-North lines.

In order to evaluate the feasibility of shuttle services in the NCS corridor, Pace and its project consultants asked area employers to distribute surveys to their employees. Larger employers were targeted, namely:

� employers with 50 or more employees and located in a zip code within three miles of an NCS station

� employers with 250 or more employees and located in a zip code within five miles of an NCS station

Survey questions focused on employees' current travel patterns and potential use of shuttle service based on service characteristics. The project team then developed routings based on the level of interest expressed at each responding employer and the employers' locations.

An initial set of shuttle routes will begin operating on Monday, November 20, 2006. Trips are scheduled to connect with rush-hour Metra trains operating in either direction; however, the train and shuttle schedules will offer more flexibility to employees living further north along the North Central Service line.

In the future, Pace will implement additional shuttles and reconfigure existing routes based on ridership levels, employer interest and changes to Metra's North Central Service schedule. For more information about the North Central Service Shuttle Initiative, please contact Tara O'Malley, Pace Business Development Representative, at (847) 228-4282 or timothy.dilsaver@pacebus.com.

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North Central Service Information

 

Routes in the Initiative Area
Map of the Initiative Area
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