New to riding Pace or public transit? It's easy! Here are some tips to get you started.
Introductory Information for New Riders
Pace operates more than 200 fixed bus routes that operate on a set schedule and on a set routing. This is our most traditional service, in which anyone can board by getting on or off at any bus stop along the route, and a fare is collected at the time of boarding depending on the route's fare class and the rider's eligibility for a reduced fare.
Learn what route to take to your destination by planning your trip here.
Pace's COVID-19 response
Pace works every day to ensure its riders and employees have a safe experience onboard. See details about cleaning of buses, the requirement to wear a face covering onboard, and more information about Pace's handling of the pandemic here.
Paying Your Fare
Ventra is the fare payment system for Pace and its sister agencies--CTA and Metra. It features a contactless "tap" card and a mobile app, making it a convenient and money-saving way to pay your fare.
Get your Ventra Card (or add transit value or a multi-day pass) online, at a vending machine, or at hundreds of regional retailers. Tap your Ventra Card on the Ventra reader at the front of the bus as you board. A new Card costs $5.00, and that one-time Card purchase fee is immediately refunded as transit value upon account registration.
Manage your Ventra account online account and get protection against lost/stolen Ventra Card with registration of your Card.
Other Pace Services
In addition to the traditional fixed bus routes, Pace operates several other services that exist in places where no fixed route exists or meet individual riders' needs. For instance, Pace's vanpool services are usually for groups of coworkers traveling to work together on a daily basis. Other reservation-based services linked below are for local trips whose origins and destinations vary from day to day. Eligibility, fare, and geographic areas served are different for each of those services. Click the buttons to find out more!
Resources for Employers
In addition to having more than a hundred bus routes traveling near tens of thousands of workplaces in northeastern Illinois, Pace has a number of programs to make it more convenient and affordable for workers to commute to and from work. Pace also works directly with employers to help them (and their employees) save money and achieve other benefits that come from using public transit more and driving less.
See the employer resources page for the variety of ways in which Pace can help reduce your workforce's stress and expense!