The June editions of Pace ADA News are now available. Visit
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versions of the suburban and City of Chicago newsletters. Alternative formats
are available by request. Call 847-228-2322, option 2 to hear a recording or
call 847-364-7223, option 3 or email
to request braille, large print or language translations.
TAP rides will buy Chicago taxi trips worth up to $20 starting
Effective February 1, when you purchase a TAP ride, your money will take
you farther! Pace will now pay for rides costing up to $20 - and the cost to
you will still be just $3 using your TAP card.
If your trip costs more than $20, you'll still have to pay the taxi driver
the extra amount. TAP is a program that applies only to taxi rides originating
in the City of Chicago.
Visit TAPandMD.com or call (800)
606-1282 (option 4) for more information!
Anyone who has received ADA Paratransit certification from the RTA
is eligible to request a TAP card.
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:
Be an independently owned, for-profit
Be owned by an individual with a personal
net worth less than $1.32 million; and
Meet the Small Business Administration′s
(SBA) size standard, and not exceed $23.98 million in gross annual receipts.
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.
Modernized transit network will
add $1 million net increase in bus service to DuPage County
Pace is pleased to announce updates to Pace′s DuPage County bus
service that will better connect the county with the region as a whole.
These changes, affecting Downers Grove, Lisle, Naperville and Woodridge,
begin Monday, June 13, 2016.
By connecting southern DuPage County with more Metra trains and by linking
Naperville and Lombard with a new bus route, Pace hopes to better serve riders
and connect communities throughout the region.
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
An email subscription service is now available to our customers. This notification
system allows customers to subscribe to specific information based entirely
on their needs (such as routes, schedules, fares and other rider information),
and receive real-time updates once information is made available.
E-mail notifications are sent automatically to subscribers when new information
is posted to Pace′s website. Pace will provide passengers with current
and up-to-date information about issues that affect their trips on public transportation.
As public transit makes significant strides in the 21st century the Pace
Moving Forward, is designed to keep you informed of the agency′s
happenings and some of the latest initiatives in suburban transportation.
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