Pace to modify several Lake County bus routes effective December 22


December 11, 20133:30:00 PM
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Schedule changes, new and improved connections and other route modifications ahead

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL A service restructuring effort spanning several months that involved collaboration among Pace, Lake County, the College of Lake County and other local stakeholders- along with surveying and other public input- will culminate in modified bus service throughout Lake County that begins December 22. Although the scale and scope of changes varies from route to route, the overall goal of the project was to respond to changes in demand by updating the decades-old service model for the countys bus service. Many of the timing and routing changes are designed to improve on-time performance, which has been plagued by rail crossings and an overall increase in traffic on the countys roads.

"Improving on-time performance and service reliability is critical to attracting and retaining riders," said Pace Chairman Richard Kwasneski. "We worked with riders and other stakeholders to build a plan that will improve on-time performance, ease connections between bus routes and increase service on corridors with heavy demand."

The service changes were discussed at a pair of public hearings held in August. Distribution is underway for passenger notices detailing the changes for each route along with updated bus schedules. Passengers can also view the new schedules and notices at Additionally, Pace staff members will be posted in downtown Waukegan at various times during the week of December 9 to distribute information and schedules and to answer customers questions. More service changes will occur in March as part of a second phase of the service restructuring effort.

The changes can be summarized as follows. Routes marked with an asterisk have more substantial changes than those not marked:

Route 272 Milwaukee Avenue North: weekday schedule changes

Route 561 Castlecrest via McAree: schedule changes

Route 562 Gurnee via Sunset: schedule changes

Route 563 Great Lakes Naval Station: schedule changes and minor routing changes

Route 564 Jackson/14th: schedule changes and minor routing changes

*Route 565 Grand Avenue: extended to the College of Lake County, more frequent service, later evening service and a routing change at Gurnee Mills

Route 568 Belvidere: schedule changes and minor routing changes

*Route 569 Lewis: service frequency reduced from 30 minutes to 60 minutes during midday

*Route 570 Fox Lake Gurnee Mills via CLC: will no longer operate between College of Lake County and Gurnee Mills (this connection to be provided by new Route 565 extension), new route name: Fox Lake CLC

Route 571 Zion: schedule changes and route adjustments in Zion and downtown Waukegan

*Route 572 Waukegan Grayslake Westfield Hawthorn: will no longer operate south of College of Lake County (eliminated route portion to be covered by new Route 574), more frequent service, new extension to Waukegan Metra Station, new route name: Washington

*Route 574 Hawthorn College of Lake County: all-new route covers former southern portion of current Route 572 routing and will provide service once per hour Monday-Saturday

Round Lake Area Call-n-Ride: schedule changes

Vernon Hills Mundelein Call-n-Ride: schedule changes

*Downtown Waukegan bus stop changes: passengers must board and exit buses at posted bus stop signs. Also, routes 565, 571 and 572 will be extended to serve the Waukegan Metra Station.

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