Pace, the Suburban Bus Division of the Regional Transportation Authority, was created by state law in 1983 with the passage of the Regional Transportation Authority Act. 70 ILCS 3615/1.01 et. seq. Pace is one of three operating divisions of the RTA, responsible for providing bus and other mass transportation services throughout the suburban areas of the six-county region of Northeastern Illinois and all paratransit services in the RTA region. Pace is governed by its Board of Directors. Pursuant to the RTA Act, the Pace Board determines the level and nature of services to be provided by purchase of service agreements with private contract carriers and units of local government, and by direct service operation by Pace staff.
Pace is committed to a policy of non-discrimination in the conduct of its business, including its Title VI responsibilities - the delivery of equitable and accessible transportation services. Pace recognizes its responsibilities to the communities in which it operates and to the society it serves. It is Pace's policy to utilize its best efforts to assure that no person shall, on the grounds of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under its program of transit service delivery and related benefits.
Toward this end, it is Pace's objective to:
A. Ensure that the level and quality of transportation service is provided without regard to race, color, or national origin;
B. Identify and address, as appropriate, disproportionately high and adverse human health and environmental effects, including social and economic effects of programs and activities on minority populations and low-income populations;
C. Promote the full and fair participation of all affected populations in transportation decision making;
D. Prevent the denial, reduction, or delay in benefits related to programs and activities that benefit minority populations or low-income populations;
E. Ensure meaningful access to programs and activities by persons with limited English proficiency.
The responsibility for carrying out Pace's commitment to this program has been delegated to the Pace Executive Director by the Board of Directors. Title VI staff is responsible for the day-to-day operations of this Program and the Title VI Liaison who will receive and investigate Title VI complaints which come through the complaint procedure. However, all managers, supervisors and employees share in the responsibility for making Pace's Title VI Program a success.
Additional information concerning Pace's Title VI obligations and the complaint procedure can be found on the Pace web site www.pacebus.com or by calling Pace at (847)364-7223.