Pace and IDOT partner to offer Bus on Shoulder
on Edens (I-94)
Pace and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will again partner
to improve commutes and reduce congestion in the Chicagoland area. We are pleased
to announce a 2-year demonstration of
bus-on-shoulder service on
the 13-mile stretch of the Edens Expressway (I-94) from Foster Avenue to Lake
Since Pace introduced shoulder riding on I-55 in late 2011, on time performance
for routes on the corridor has improved dramatically, from about 65% to over
90%. Ridership has more than quadrupled in the corridor, proving that reliability
plays a significant role in attracting and retaining riders. While ridership
may not increase at those levels on the Edens, Pace does expect to see ridership
growth and improved schedule reliability.
Pace will kick-off bus on shoulders operations on the Edens with existing
routes 620 (connects
the CTA Dempster Station in Skokie and Allstate′s Northbrook campus)
and 626 (connects
the CTA Dempster Station in Skokie and various commercial and business centers
in Northbrook, Deerfield, Riverwoods, Buffalo Grove, and Lincolnshire).
"We′ve seen unprecedented ridership growth along the I-55 corridor
thanks to the bus on shoulder service,"said Pace Chairman Richard Kwasneski. "Since
bus on shoulder operations began, ridership in the corridor has grown by almost
five times. When there′s congestion on the roadway, bus on shoulder service
is faster and more reliable than driving. Commuters see that and choose our
service over their cars. We believe they will do the same in the Lake-Cook
region and are excited to partner with IDOT on this project."
Additional routes that could utilize the I-94 service in the future are
in the planning stages. Preliminary concepts aim to provide connections from
the Jefferson Park Transit Center and the CTA Kimball Brown Line Station to
the Lake Cook Corridor. Service expansion is based on the availability of funding
and equipment and is subject to change.
In coordination with IDOT and the Illinois State Police, safety focused
operating rules similar to those in use on I-55 will be employed. Buses will
use the outside shoulder lanes when general traffic slows to below 35 mph.
While using the shoulders, the bus will not exceed the speed of regular traffic
by more than 15 mph and the maximum speed for buses traveling on the shoulder
is 35 mph. If the shoulder is unavailable due to an accident, law enforcement
activity, or emergency response vehicles, Pace will merge back into the regular
"This minor modification to our infrastructure will have far-reaching
benefits for commuters and the environment,"said Illinois Transportation
Secretary Randy Blankenhorn. "Expanding the success of this convenient,
innovative program to the Edens provides travelers in the region one more option
to get to where they need to go, while reducing congestion and building more
reliability into their trips."
Construction has already begun on the Edens Expressway (Interstate 94) and
includes resurfacing the outside shoulders and some travel lanes, adding new
signage, and modifying rumble strips. Nightly lane closures will take place
in both directions between Foster Avenue and Lake Cook Road. The expressway
at times will be reduced to one lane in each direction during the overnight
hours. Expressway entrance and exit ramp closures also may be required. Click
here to find details on other construction projects in IDOT′s District
1. Updates on the impacts to traffic are available at
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area. It serves the Fox Valley Mall and the bustling IL-59 retail corridor,
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service Pace has implemented in the past decade.
More Info here.
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has been reconstructed to include flexible infrastructure to enable the Tollway
to add new "smart" features as needed or as they become available
in the years to come. The new I-90 SmartRoad will feature integrated transit
with Pace, which will create the option for Pace buses to travel in the new
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