North Shore Coordination Plan
North Shore Transit Service Coordination Plan and Market Analysis
Phase 2 of the North Shore Transit Service Coordination Plan and Market Analysis is currently under way for North Cook County and is proposed to be implemented in August 2020.
The proposal was guided by input from transportation professionals and community stakeholders and includes streamlined routes, increased frequency on arterial roads, reduced waiting times, better connections to CTA trains, and an overall improvement to the public transportation network in North Cook County.
The Phase 2 proposal includes:
- changes to five routes: 215, 225, 226, 422, and 423;
- the addition of one new route: 424;
- and the discontinuation of two routes: 210 and 421.
Learn more about this EXCITING project!
Click here for Phase 2 Proposed Changes Flyer and Public Hearing Schedule
Click here for Proposed Service Changes Loyola-Regina-New Trier (Northfield)
Click here for Multi-Language Translation Handout
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Summary of Changes
Route 210 - Discontinue, as certain portions are served by existing segments of Routes 82, 96, 97 and 250, and certain portions would be served by proposed restructured segments of Routes 215, 226 and 423.
Route 215 - Realign to Jefferson Park Transit Center via Crawford (Pulaski)-Foster-Milwaukee. Maintain existing frequency on new route segments.
Route 225 - Add bidirectional service and extend weekday service span.
Route 226 - Realign to Howard CTA via Oakton-Skokie-Howard. Remove service on Niles Center Road (Route 225 segment). Add Saturday and Sunday service east of Milwaukee. In Des Plaines, stay on Oakton instead of serving downtown Des Plaines via Busse-Miner and Lee-Mannheim.
Route 421 - Realign to Howard CTA via Oakton-Skokie-Howard. Remove service on Niles Center Road (Route 225 segment). Add Saturday and Sunday service east of Milwaukee. In Des Plaines, stay on Oakton instead of serving downtown Des Plaines via Busse-Miner and Lee-Mannheim.
Route 422 - Restructure to terminate in downtown Glenview; pick up school trips from Route 421.
Route 423 - Restructure to serve Harlem to Glen of North Glenview only; North of Dempster, shift alignment from Harlem to Waukegan Road (Route 210 segment).
Route 424 - NEW ROUTE - Linden CTA Station to Glen of North Glenview via Sheridan-Elm-Hibbard-Willow-Old Willow (Route 423 segment).
For more information regarding school trips serving Loyola Academy, Regina Dominican High School and New Trier (Northfield), see the school handout titled Proposed service changes Loyola - Regina - New Trier (Northfield). At this time, there are no changes proposed to school trips serving Evanston Township High School.
We want to hear from you!
Pace always welcomes public input and encourages participation at our Phase 2 public hearings to be held in Chicago (Jan. 30th), Glenview (Jan. 31st), Niles (Feb. 3rd), Northbrook (Feb. 5th), Evanston (Feb. 11th) and Wilmette (Feb. 18th) to solicit public input on the second phase of proposed service changes. You can also provide feedback about the proposed changes in writing via our Public Hearing Comment Form. Submittals must be made by Feb. 21st to be included in the public hearing process.
Individuals with disabilities who plan to attend these hearings and who require accommodations other than transportation, and individuals who require translation into a language other than English to allow them to observe and/or participate are requested to contact Pace at (847) 364-7223 option 3, five (5) business days prior to the scheduled hearing.
Once the public hearings have concluded, stakeholder feedback will be assessed by Pace staff and the proposal with potential modifications based on public input will presented to Pace's Board of Directors for final approval or possible denial. All testimony will be considered before any changes are implemented so your participation is a very important part of this process.
Additionally, we will post updates as the proposal progresses so be sure to check back regularly or sign up for email updates. If the Phase 2 plan is formally approved, Pace staff will then conduct additional public outreach to inform our riders and other stakeholders of any upcoming changes.
The study, completed in 2017, included a review of existing Pace and CTA bus routes serving the North Shore study area, which included the communities of Evanston, Lincolnwood, Skokie and Wilmette, and northern-most neighborhoods in the City of Chicago, as well as portions of neighboring communities. The primary goal of the study was to identify and plan for coordinated improvements of Pace and CTA bus service in the study area, as well as to investigate opportunities for new service.
- Final Report
PLEASE NOTE: Due to resource constraints, some of the proposed service changes identified as the "future phases" of the original 2017 study are not included in the current Phase 2 proposal. Those changes are still under consideration.
The project Steering Committee (SC) was comprised of representatives from key agencies and municipal staff. SC participation was an important component of the study, helping to guide the incorporation of market findings into actionable recommendations and providing important perspectives on project goals, measures of success, technical elements and community outreach strategies.
The SC convened five times over the course of the study. Information on the dates, locations, agendas and presentation files for each of the five meetings, as well as SC membership can be found in the Final Report.
Pace and CTA hosted two rounds of Open House sessions to collect public input in 2016-17 as the plan was being developed.
Round 1 Open House sessions were held at the Chicago Public Library Rogers Park Branch on October 4, 2016 and at the Lincolnwood Community Center on October 5, 2016 and featured presentations about the study's market analysis and preliminary service analysis. Feedback was collected on the data analysis to date, issues and perceptions of existing service, and identification of critical gaps in the transit network. Click on the link below to view the exhibit boards presented in Round 1.
Round 2 Open House sessions were held at the Skokie Public Library on September 18, 2017 and at the Levy Center in Evanston on September 19, 2017 and focused on giving the public an opportunity to review and comment on proposed updates and changes to Pace and CTA routes in the North Shore area as a result of this study. Click on the link below to view the exhibit boards presented in Round 2.
A Market Analysis Briefing Book, produced in March 2017, provided a condensed summary of all existing conditions assessments that were completed for the study. It includes highlights from the passenger and general public surveys that were conducted in the spring of 2016, Pace and CTA ridership and on-time performance data, demographic analysis and other market-based findings. The Briefing Book established a set of recommendations based on the market analysis, which was used to develop and evaluate service concepts.
Phase 1 of the study's recommendations were implemented on August 12, 2018. Phase 1 included the realignment of Pace Routes 208 and 213 and the elimination of CTA Route 205.
Phase 2 is currently in progress and includes changes to five routes: 215, 225, 226, 422, and 423; the addition of one new route: 424; and the discontinuation of two routes: 210 and 421.
Any remaining service proposals outlined in the North Shore Coordination Plan that were not included in Phase 1 or as part of the proposed service changes for Phase 2, may be considered in future years. Public hearings and stakeholder meetings will take place before any future phases of the study are implemented. Click here to subscribe to ongoing email updates on this project.