2016 is going to be a hard year to top. It was a remarkable year that included
our largest service expansion ever (the I-90 Market Expansion Program), the growth
of our real-time information signage program, the launch of our first CNG fueling
station and buses, and the addition of more Bus on Shoulder service. As you can
see, we've been busy implementing several projects that provide better service
to our customers, make the agency a more efficient steward of taxpayer dollars,
and encourage additional commuters to make the switch to public transit.
While Pace has been nationally recognized for its performance over many years,
we know there is still much work to do to offer northeastern Illinois residents
an attractive alternative to the private automobile. In partnership with our local
communities, spread across six counties, we look forward to achieving our goals
and meeting your expectations. Here's some of what's in store for 2017.
In October 2016, the latest Pace Call-n-Ride service debuted in the Naperville/Aurora
area. It serves the Fox Valley Mall and the bustling IL-59 retail corridor, as
well at the Route 59 Metra Station. This newest offering is the tenth Call-n-Ride
service Pace has implemented in the past decade.
Call-n-Rides are demand-response programs similar to long-standing Dial-a-
Ride and ADA paratransit services, except that they are open to the general public,
cost the same as a regular bus route, and can be reserved with only an hour's
notice. The Call-n-Ride service is a cost-effective and flexible way to provide
a transit option to people in an area that may not be well-served by traditional
fixed route bus service.
Also in 2016, Pace launched an online booking
feature for the Arlington Heights - Rolling Meadows Call-n-Ride. This method of
reserving trips can be more efficient for the user, who can see what pick up times
are available, and the bus driver, who serves as the dispatcher as well. Pace
will offer that option on the other Call-n-Ride services over the next two years.
With the Pace Call-n-Ride program, your key to an affordable ride is right outside
your front door.
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 in
the years to come. The new I-90 SmartRoad will feature integrated transit with
Pace, which will create the option for Pace buses to travel in the new Flex Lanes
(inside lanes and shoulders) on I-90 to route around congestion and provide more
reliable service. Learn more about this Pace project
here. Learn more about the Tollway's project at
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.
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Pulse is a rapid transit service that will provide faster trips and better
amenities for thousands of customers in Chicago and nearby suburbs. After several
public meetings and input from a local advisory group, the engineering of the
Pulse Milwaukee Line is complete and Pace has gone out to bid for construction
of that project
Modern vehicles with USB charging ports, interior digital video screens and
free customer Wi-Fi have already been delivered. You may see them in service on
existing route as we train drivers and show our riders what the future of transit
looks like! Stations will include real-time "countdown"arrival signs and heated
Pace anticipates a late-2017 start of the Pulse Milwaukee Line in Chicago and
Niles. Furthermore, Pace has begun planning work on the Pulse Dempster Line, connecting
Evanston and O'Hare Airport. Pending approval of construction funding, it is
anticipated that this line will go into service in 2019.
In total, Pace has 24 planned rapid transit lines and 11 planned expressway
bus routes, comprising a Project of National and Regional Significance (PNRS)
that Pace submitted to USDOT in 2015. Pace is able to seek out federal grants
under the PNRS program if Congress makes funding available within that category
in the future.
You can keep up to date on the progress of these two Pulse Lines, and the program
as a whole, by signing up to receive updates at