Pace operates a fixed route bus system which is entirely accessible to people with disabilities, and our sister agencies--CTA and Metra--offer accessible transit service as well. For senior citizens and people with disabilities, fixed route is a less expensive way to get around your community and gives you the freedom to travel without arranging a ride in advance. The Regional Transportation Authority offers a training program for those who wish to learn how to ride fixed route.
Transportation for People with Disabilities
We also understand that fixed route service is not for everyone, and for those riders whose disability prevents them from using fixed route, Pace is proud to operate one of the largest paratransit systems in the world. “Paratransit” is the general term for a service in which a passenger must reserve a ride in advance. Unlike fixed-route service, in which buses travel the same route in a regular pattern and pick up any waiting passengers, paratransit services make only pre-arranged trips for eligible riders. See more about Pace's paratransit services here.
Customers must get certified to take advantage of ADA paratransit service or reduced fares.
- Information for new riders and frequently asked questions: and
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- Advantage Vanpools for transportation to sheltered workshops
- Pace Vanpool lets people who live and work near each other to use a Pace-owned van for use in getting to work
Every CTA bus is fully accessible to persons with disabilities, and many CTA rail ("L") stations are as well. Pace is Chicago’s paratransit provider. Customers whose disability or health condition prevents them from using Pace and CTA buses and trains are entitled to equal service under the Americans with Disabilities Act, so Pace provides ADA paratransit service whenever and wherever fixed route service is available.
- The Taxi Access Program (TAP) for discounted cab rides and same-day travel
- Connections to fully accessible fixed bus routes
In the Suburbs
Pace operates more than 200 fixed bus routes in Chicago’s suburbs. These routes connect millions of people to train stations, schools, hospitals, jobs, and other important destinations. Buses in this system feature ramps, dedicated seating, and other accessibility features. Certified ADA paratransit customers can ride fixed route buses for free!
Passengers who are sometimes or always unable to use our fixed route system are entitled to equal service under the Americans with Disabilities Act, so Pace provides ADA Paratransit service whenever and wherever fixed route service is available. Some villages, townships, or counties partner with Pace to provide expanded paratransit (Dial-a-Ride) service in certain areas.
- Additional paratransit service through Pace’s Dial-a-Ride partnerships
- On Demand: a reservation-based service open to all riders in a designated area
Training, Policies, and More Information
- Training programs for individuals learning to use Pace
- Chicago & Suburban ADA Advisory Committees
- ADA Paratransit service directory