Metra BNSF Commuter Route Schedule Changes
Due to the changes in Metra's BNSF Railway weekday schedule, 26 Pace routes will have corresponding schedule adjustments to maintain connections with Metra trains. These routes will still provide the same number of trips, and their routing will remain consistent. Note that Bus Tracker and trip planning apps will not immediately reflect these changes. They will be updated as quickly as possible. Look up your route on the Route Finder at the left to see the new schedule or view our passenger notice here.
Pace Commemorates 35 Years of Service this July
At their June 19 meeting, the Pace Board of Directors will commemorate the agency's 35 years of service. To honor this milestone and celebrate the legacy of public transit service in our region that we inherited, Pace has wrapped a bus at each division garage to look like a bus from a system that predates Pace. Find out more about this Legacy Fleet and Pace's history
Pace recognizes National Infrastructure Week
National Infrastructure Week ended on May 20th, and Pace is still saddled with a backlog of $1.3 billion in unmet capital needs;
our region as a whole requires nearly $30 billion in transit investment. It's time for our leaders to invest in our state's future. We need capital funding that sustainably funds public transportation. If we invest in transit, Illinoisans can better access jobs, schools, healthcare, affordable housing, and regional amenities. If we don't, our system will feel the impact, meaning slow, crowded service; broken-down vehicles; and roads choked with traffic and pollution. We urge our representatives in Springfield and Washington to invest in more express service; better ADA Paratransit technology and facilities; a faster, more reliable network, and replacement for our aging infrastructure.
Pace Eliminating Three Poorly Performing Services
Several routes approved for elimination as part of the Pace 2019 budget will take their last trips this summer. Pace's 2019 budget includes the elimination of 12 poorly performing services in total and the reallocation $1.2 million into a $1.7 million service enhancement effort that will reduce overcrowding, improve on-time performance and support the launch of the Pulse Milwaukee Line, which is expected this fall.
The services to be eliminated this summer are:
- Saturday service on Route 209 (last day of service: June 8)
- Route 304 (last day of service: August 9)
- Route 326 (last day of service: August 9)
Pace hopes service enhancements elsewhere in the region will compensate for the elimination of Routes 304 and 326. Pace has worked to encourage ridership on these routes, but they are not performing to Pace's standards. As a responsible steward of taxpayer dollars, Pace can no longer support these routes which do not generate the necessary fare revenue.
Service has already been cut on several other routes this year. Routes 362, 532, 661, 809 and 824 were eliminated, and Saturday service was eliminated on Routes 348, 540, 504 and 546.
Permanent Role for Executive Director Rocky Donahue
Rocky Donahue, who had been acting as Interim Executive Director
of Pace Suburban Bus since December 2018, has now assumed the
role permanently as of March 1. At their meeting on Wednesday,
February 13, the Pace Board of Directors approved an ordinance
appointing Donahue as only the third Executive Director in Pace's
history. This move follows the retirement of longtime Pace Executive
Director T.J. Ross.
"Rocky is an ideal candidate for this role. He has the experience,
the know-how and the commitment to lead this agency," said Pace
Chairman Rick Kwasneski. "He's a public servant above all else
and will work tirelessly, as he has, to meet the needs of the
communities we serve." Donahue started at Pace 36 years ago,
most recently serving as Deputy Executive Director of External
Relations and Interim Deputy Executive Director of Internal
"During my time as RTA Chairman, I've been impressed by Mr.
Donahue's knowledge and experience as it relates to our regional
transit system," said RTA Board Chairman Kirk Dillard. "He is
a leader who will move Pace Suburban Bus and ADA Paratransit
forward to continue to meet the needs of its riders." Donahue
started his career in public transportation as a Financial Analyst
at the RTA.
"I'm honored to serve as Pace's Executive Director," said
Donahue. "I'm proud of the work that Pace does. We're not just
a suburban bus company anymore. We're evolving, and I'm excited
to lead Pace as we improve people's lives through reliable and
accessible public transportation, whatever form that takes."