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What′s in store for Pace in 2017
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.
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 www.illinoistollway.com.
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.
Stay informed! Sign up for email updates about this project here.
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 shelters.
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
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 PaceBus.com/Pulse.
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