895, along with the
Express Service to Popular Destinations (ESPD)
routes, comprise Pace's Express Service Network (ESN). For only $4 per one-way
trip, Pace's Express Service Network is designed to improve connectivity throughout
Northeast Illinois and provide access to jobs, schools, medical care that may
not be available in a rider's local area. Most of the ESN routes are able
to bypass regular traffic through Pace's successful
Bus on Shoulder program. Pace's
ESN routes are a part of Pace's Vision 2020 long-range strategic plan.
Future Express Services
Pace submitted a proposed Rapid Transit Network plan to the US Department of
Transportation in 2014, with the goal of becoming eligible for future federal
funding in the Projects of National and Regional Significance category. The Rapid
Transit Network consists of 11 expressway-based
bus services that would use expressway shoulders or other advantages over
regular traffic. The Rapid Transit Network also consists of 24
Pulse (Pace's name for arterial bus
rapid transit) corridors. If Pace is successful at securing additional funding,
future ESN services can be implemented much more rapidly.
Fares, Passes and Transfers
All the routes on the Express Service Network except
895 require Pace's Premium Fare
of $4.00 per one-way trip. Service is free for people with disabilities or seniors
who have the RTA Ride Free permit. Please note that a surcharge may be required
when using passes or transfers on Premium Fare routes. Please see the
Fare Information page for more detailed information.
Transfers to other Pace or CTA routes cost $0.25, payable only with
Ventra transit value.
Transfers from regular Pace routes to Premium Fare routes cost $2.50 (or $1.30
for those with a Reduced Fare pass).
The following passes are accepted:
Pace Premium 30-Day
Pace Premium 30-Day Reduced
Pace/CTA 30-Day or Pace/CTA 7-Day Pass WITH A SURCHARGE OF
$2.25 ($1.15 for those with a Reduced Fare pass), payable only with Ventra transit
Pace 30-Day Pass, Campus Connection, or Student Summer Haul Pass,
WITH A SURCHARGE OF $2.25 ($1.15 for those with a Reduced Fare pass),
payable only with Ventra transit value.