Pace News 2018
Pace I-90/IL 25 Park-n-Ride Station now open
Pace was excited to start service at the I-90/IL 25 Park-n-Ride Station on
December 18. The station boasts a 199-spot free parking lot and sits on the I-90
on-ramp to provide buses easy access to the Tollway and minimize travel times.
Routes 603, 605, and 607 operate between the station and Schaumburg or Rosemont
to provide connections to other Pace bus routes and the CTA Blue Line. Many Elgin,
Dundee, and Carpentersville commuters can access the station by using Route 543,
which stops about a block away.
Pace commemorates opening of new I-90/IL25 Park-n-Ride Station Free park-n-ride
lot has 199 spots to accommodate growing ridership along the I-90 corridor
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL -- Officials from Pace and the Illinois Tollway joined
State Senator Christina Castro and Elgin Mayor Dave Kaptain on Monday, December
18, 2017, to celebrate the opening of the Pace I-90/IL 25 Park-n-Ride Station.
The station boasts a 199-spot free parking lot and sits on the I-90 on ramp
to provide buses easy access to the Tollway and minimize travel times. Routes
603, 605, and 607 operate between the station and Schaumburg or Rosemont to
provide connections to other Pace bus routes and the CTA Blue Line. Many Elgin,
Dundee, and Carpentersville commuters can access the station by using Route
543 which stops about a block away on IL 25 (Dundee Road).
"Every $10 million of capital investment in public transportation yields
approximately $32 million in increased business sales," Chairman Richard Kwasneski
reported as he welcomed guests. "That's good for our economy and allows Pace
to provide safe and reliable public transportation. Our service helps the region's
residents access employment, medical centers, education, shopping, and all that
northeastern Illinois has to offer." Park-n-rides like this one along the I-55
corridor reach capacity almost as soon as they open thanks to significant ridership
increases attributed to the Bus on Shoulder program. A dedicated lane that allows
buses to bypass traffic makes service more reliable, and thus more attractive
to commuters. I-55 corridor service is now on-time on over 90% of trips. When
service operated in mixed traffic, on-time performance was only about 65%.
Senator Christina Castro offered congratulations to the project team and
talked about how her husband uses the service. "One of the only people more
excited about this project than me is my husband. He takes the bus to the Blue
Line to go downtown and doesn't have to deal with traffic or parking downtown."
Route 603, which starts at the Elgin Transportation Center, and Route 605, which
begins at the I-90/Randall Road Park-n-Ride Station, both offer connections
to the CTA Blue Line and other Pace bus routes at the Rosemont Transit Center.
"The Park-n-Ride facilities are important options for commuters by providing
them with seamless travel throughout the I-90 corridor and they are another
step in achieving our vision of a shared regional transportation network that
includes partners like Pace," said Illinois Tollway Board Chairman Bob Schillerstrom.
"It's a vision that has made possible a reliable and convenient option for our
customers to access jobs, business parks, retail and entertainment venues, hospitals
and educational facilities throughout the Northwest suburbs and Chicago. As
we move to rebuild the Central Tri-State Tollway, we will continue to work with
Pace to create similar options for our customers."
Mayor Dave Kaptain was also in attendance. "I couldn't be more pleased that
Elgin residents now have more access than ever to quality public transportation.
I have one question for Pace though," he joked. "Why 199 spots? We couldn't
fit in one more spot for an even 200?"
In 2018, Pace's most innovative transportation facility will open to the
public. The Pace I-90/Barrington Road Park-n-Ride Station will boast the region's
first-ever on-highway bus stop. This will allow employees and residents in Chicago
and the northwest suburbs fast access to their homes, workplaces, or connecting
bus routes. A pedestrian bridge over the Tollway, bike racks, improved sidewalks,
and 170 free parking spaces will help riders complete their journey. The Pace
I-90/Barrington Road Park-n-Ride Station will be served by Routes 603, 605,
607, and a new local area distributor route.
Replacement for expiring Ventra cards comes with a new look
The first Ventra cards, issued in 2013, will begin to expire December 31,
2017. New Ventra cards are being mailed to customers with expiring cards who
have previously registered their cards at ventrachicago.com. Ventra will send
email notifications to registered customers two months before their cards expire.
The email notifications will ask customers to confirm their current mailing address
so they can receive their free replacement card through the mail. If you haven't
already, please register your card at ventrachicago.com with your current address
and a new card will be mailed to you for free. Read more.
The first Ventra cards, issued in 2013, will begin to expire December 31,
2017. New Ventra cards, featuring a fresh new design, are being mailed to customers
who have previously registered their cards at ventrachicago.com and whose current
cards are expiring. As a courtesy to customers, Ventra will send email notifications
to registered customers two months before their cards expire. The email notifications
will ask customers to confirm their current mailing address so they can receive
their free replacement card through the mail.
If you haven't already, please register your card at ventrachicago.com with
your current address and a new card will be mailed to you for free. Registering
allows customers to manage their accounts via the Ventra app or online, protects
balances if cards are lost or stolen, allows for the setup of autoload of unlimited-ride
passes or transit value, provides account notifications and more. Because customers
who do not register their Ventra cards will lose unused balances on their account
once the card expires, CTA strongly recommends customers to register their cards
ahead of time.
If you've already registered your Ventra card but have moved since 2013, be
sure that Ventra has your current address by logging into your account on ventrachicago.com,
via the Ventra app or by calling customer service at (877) 669-8368.
The prepaid debit functionality will cease to be available as of December
31, 2017. Customers who have opened prepaid debit accounts as a part of their
Ventra accounts are being offered the ability to transfer funds to new prepaid
debit cards offered by Money Network, which has administered the prepaid debit
feature for Ventra. Customers can spend down their prepaid balances, transfer
their funds to a new prepaid debit card or have their funds returned to them
via check from Money Network.
New Pace fares effective January
|2018 Pace Fares
Route & Call-n-Ride Fares
|Ventra transit value
|Transfer with Ventra to Regular route
|Transfer with Ventra to Local route
in Waukegan, Elgin, Aurora & Joliet
|Premium routes (with cash or Ventra)
|Pace single-ride transfer to premium
|Pace regular pass transfer to premium routes
|ADA Paratransit Service
|Taxi Access Program (TAP) (Chicago
* Please note that the CTA will increase
the price of the CTA/Pace 30-Day Pass to $105 on January 7, 2018. There is
no price change for the CTA/Pace 7-Day pass or any Pace-only passes.
$0.25 fare increase helps balance budget and
prevents service cuts
Pace's 2018 budget, which is balanced and maintains current service levels,
was approved by the Pace Board of Directors in November and passed by the
Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) Board of Directors on December 14,
2017. A $0.25 fare increase on regular fixed route ($.50 on premium routes)
and ADA paratransit service fares is included as a budget balancing action
to address an almost $12 million shortfall caused by a reduction in state
support and lagging sales tax revenue. Also included are a corporate hiring
freeze and other administrative cost-containment measures that will not affect
"Since our last fare increase in 2009, Pace has boosted service to make
it easier for current passengers to get where they need to go and to attract
new riders. If we cut service, we'll lose that momentum," said Pace Board
Chairman Richard Kwasneski. "Maintaining our current level of service is imperative
and this modest fare increase makes that possible."
The fare increase went into effect on January 1, 2018. ADA Paratransit
Service passengers should note that $3 tickets will be accepted without a
surcharge during a one month grace period ending January 31, 2018. After that,
a surcharge of $0.25 will be required if paying with a $3 ticket. $3.25 ticket
books are now available for purchase in the Pace Online Store.
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