Pace / CTA North Shore Transit Coordination Plan Open Houses
Do you live, work or travel in Skokie, Lincolnwood, Evanston, Wilmette or the North Side of Chicago? Pace and the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) are hosting two open houses to share information about the North Shore Coordination Plan and gather public feedback. This is a valuable opportunity to have your voice heard!
The Open Houses will include:
For more information about the Pace / CTA North Shore Coordination Plan, please visit the project page here.
Pace to reroute Route 602 to serve Town Square in Schaumburg
Schaumburg Dial-a-Ride (DART) will continue to serve discontinued route segment
To better serve Schaumburg residents, Pace will change a portion of the routing on Route 602 Higgins - Salem - Cedarcrest on Monday, September 12. The new routing will offer weekday rush-hour connections between Town Square of Schaumburg and the Metra Milwaukee District West Line Schaumburg Station.
Route 602 operates weekday rush hour commuter service between the intersection of Higgins Road and Golf Road, and the Metra Milwaukee District West Line Schaumburg Station, serving Colony Lakes, Salem Ridge Apartments, Autumn Chase Apartments, Weathersfield Lake, Pickwick Apartments, Town Square Condominiums, Emerald Village, and the YMCA. To serve Town Square, morning trips will operate via Salem–Schaumburg–Roselle–Weathersfield–Cedarcrest. Afternoon trips will operate via Cedarcrest–Weathersfield–Roselle–Town Square–Schaumburg–Salem.
“Pace works diligently to monitor and improve service to meet the needs of the community. We feel that this routing change will attract new riders and encourage the residents of Town Square Condominiums to try Route 602,” said Pace Chairman of the Board Richard Kwasneski. “Having a great partner like Schaumburg helps us identify opportunities to attract new riders and provide more convenient service.”
“Using feedback from recent surveys targeting potential riders along the current route in addition to analyzing Dial-A-Ride Transportation (DART) rider statistics, the village was able to work with Pace to develop this new route that will incorporate more densely populated areas near Town Square, while keeping ride times consistent for patrons in areas with demonstrated ridership,” said Village of Schaumburg Director of Transportation Karyn Robles.
Routing along Salem–Victoria–Andrew–Cedarcrest will no longer be served, but will still have service through the Schaumburg Dial-a-Ride Transportation (DART). This service, provided through a partnership between the Village of Schaumburg and Pace, provides door-to-door access to any location in Schaumburg.
Since its inception in 1979, DART has provided more than three million rides with approximately 70,000 rides expected through the end of this year. To schedule a ride using DART, call 847-352-8097. Service operates Monday-Friday 6:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Reservation calls are accepted 30 minutes before service starts. The fare is $2 each way (reduced fare is $1 each way). For more information on DART, visit Village of Schaumburg′s website at http://bit.ly/2bGxfrg.
Approximately 4,000 rides per year are provided on Pace Bus Route 602, which meets morning eastbound Metra Milwaukee District West Line trains to Chicago′s Union Station and evening westbound trains arriving from Chicago. Route 602 has been providing service in the community since 1979. Pace operates 11 routes in Schaumburg, with plans for additional service through Pace′s I-90 Market Expansion Program in December 2016.
Pace′s CNG buses now operating in south region
Pace is going green - and expects to save some green at the same time as the agency begins the process of replacing its fleet of diesel buses with models powered by compressed natural gas (CNG). Pace is the first transit agency in the Chicago area and the third in the state to adopt CNG technology for its fleet.
"We′re making a significant investment in clean-burning compressed natural gas to improve our environmental sustainability and also achieve some potentially major cost savings," said Pace Chairman of the Board Richard Kwasneski. "As we achieve these fuel cost savings, we plan to reinvest the resources into enhancing and expanding service for our customers."
Construction of the fueling facility and garage retrofitting is a combined $12 million project, paid for using Pace-issued bonds to be paid off over the next ten years. The project created an estimated number of direct and indirect jobs ranging between 200 and 300 according to various economic impact formulas. Additionally, CNG is produced domestically, reducing dependence on foreign oil and supporting economic development in the U.S. energy sector.
Pace studied the experiences of other U.S. transit agencies with various forms of green technology including CNG, hybrids and electric buses and determined that CNG would provide the best economic return. Roughly two in five transit buses in the United States is powered by alternative fuels, with one in five powered by CNG. Los Angeles Metro estimates it realizes operating cost savings between 10 and 20% since it retired its last diesel bus in 2011 in favor of an all-CNG fleet, and reduced the release of greenhouse gases by about 300,000 pounds per day as well.
Because CNG is a clean-burning fuel, Pace will be able to meet ever-tightening EPA emissions guidelines without the need for costly equipment designed to trap particulate matter released into the air by diesel engines. Pace officials also note other environmental and financial benefits: without the carbon deposits left in engines by diesel fuel, buses can operate on longer intervals between oil changes and will no longer need potentially expensive midlife engine overhauls.
Pace′s new CNG fueling facility cost approximately $3 million, with an additional $9 million investment in the CNG retrofit and mid-life overhaul of the South Division garage. Although the purchase price of Pace′s new CNG buses is approximately $50,000 higher per vehicle than a comparable diesel bus, the fuel cost savings offset the higher cost.
Additionally, Pace may exercise an option to open its CNG fueling facility to other CNG vehicle fleets and possibly the general public in which the sale of natural gas could generate additional revenue.
19th annual Transportation Symposium and Business Exchange scheduled for November 15
The RTA, in collaboration with the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Metra, Pace, Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and Illinois Tollway Authority, invites you to attend the 19th annual Transportation Symposium and Business Exchange. The Transportation Symposium strongly encourages Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs), Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs), Women Business Enterprises (WBEs) and Small Business Enterprises (SBEs) to attend. You will hear from successful DBEs on how to overcome obstacles, build capacity, and find resources to grow your business. Take advantage of this opportunity to network with government and transportation stakeholders.
The Transportation Symposium and Business Exchange will take place on November 15, 2016 from 9am-2pm at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington Street, Chicago, IL 60602, in the Sidney R. Yates Gallery. Register Today!
New Small Business Enterprise program
On August 1, 2016, Pace launched a Small Business Enterprise (SBE) program. This exciting new program provides greater opportunity for small businesses to participate in Pace's contracting process as prime contractors. Under the SBE program, projects estimated to cost between $40,000 and $200,000 will be reviewed to determine if they can be set aside for competitive bidding among only qualifying SBE firms.
Firms looking to participate in SBE set-aside procurements must be certified by meeting the following requirements:
Companies that are DBE-certified are automatically eligible to participate in the SBE program (per the Code of Federal Regulations 49 Part 26.39). The SBE Program is race- and gender-neutral, consistent with Pace′s goal to ensure that businesses of all types and sizes have the opportunity to participate on projects. Areas of opportunity may include but are not limited to materials, supplies, and equipment.
All businesses interested in bidding on Pace small business set-aside contracts must be a registered DBE or SBE with Pace or one of the other four Illinois Unified Certification Program (ILUCP), members: Chicago Transit Authority, Metra, Illinois Department of Transportation and the City of Chicago.
For additional information on the DBE and SBE certification processes or to download the application, visit: http://www.pacebus.com/sub/purchasing/dbe_program.asp.
These service changes include combining routes to optimize service; adding earlier and later trips; lengthening the span of service on the new, combined routes; and adding the new Route 722 to connect the Metra BNSF Railway Naperville Station and Yorktown Center in Lombard (operates every 30 minutes, all day Monday-Saturday), increasing access to this part of DuPage County. The restructured Pace routes will meet 33% more Metra trains than they meet currently.
“Pace works hard to meet the changing needs of our regional commuters with the resources we′re given,” said Pace Chairman of the Board Richard Kwasneski. “Modernization plans like this rely heavily on current service evaluation, market research and community input. We′re pleased to report that this final service plan incorporates public feedback gathered at hearings held earlier this year and maintains a robust level of service to / from connecting services.”
Affected routes include 462, 464, 684, 686, 688, 689, 714, 722, and 821. The regular adult fare is $1.75 with a Ventra Card ($2 with cash). Reduced and free ride programs for eligible seniors and people with disabilities are available through the RTA (RTAChicago.com). See the DuPage Service Restructuring for additional information.
A letter from the Acting Executive Inspector General
A letter from the Acting Executive Inspector General.
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