Greetings from Pace's New Executive Director

I'm Rocky Donahue and I was recently appointed interim Executive Director of Pace. I began my career here nearly 35 years ago and I believe now what I believed then: Pace makes people's lives better. Every day, Pace connects people to jobs and school; guaranteeing our riders have access to opportunities within and outside of their neighborhoods. Pace offers independence to people with disabilities; ensuring trips to the doctor or grocery store and visits with friends are convenient and safe. Pace connects communities; offering riders access to recreational activities from sporting activities to shopping. We are a lifeline for nearly 40 million customers each year.

While I am proud of our collective success, we face mounting challenges. Decreasing sales tax revenue and diminished state funding have hit public transit hard. Despite these barriers, Pace continues to provide efficient, reliable and innovative services to our riders. We cannot continue to operate a transit system built for yesterday and expect it to work for tomorrow. I pledge to keep Pace moving forward to meet the needs of our evolving region, including advocating for a much-needed, dedicated, and sustainable capital funding from the State of Illinois. I'm humbled and honored to have the opportunity to better Pace in yet another capacity and look forward to serving you.



Officials Celebrate Pace's New Clean Diesel Fleet

Local, county and state officials gathered in Waukegan last week to celebrate Pace's new fleet of clean diesel buses operating out of Pace North Division. Clean diesel is highly refined to improve efficiency and reduce harmful emissions. These vehicles use ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) that immediately cuts soot emissions from vehicles by 10 percent. Former Hainesville Mayor Linda Soto, who represents Lake County on Pace's Board of Directors, said, "These buses are very quiet, which contributes to the quality of life for those who live and work near bus routes. And, there's no black diesel smoke. That contributes to quality of life for all of us. [Read more]



Officials Celebrate new Pace Route 754 Lewis University - CTA Blue Line Clinton Station

Officials from Pace Bus, Lewis University, Romeoville, and Will County gathered yesterday to celebrate the launch of Pace's new service, Route 754 Lewis University - CTA Blue Line Clinton Station.

The free services uses coach buses with onboard Wi-Fi to take Lewis University students and staff traveling from Chicago, a morning trip takes passengers from the CTA Blue Line Clinton Station to the school and a return trip brings them back in the mid-afternoon. Read more.