Students ride Pace bus routes and Call-n-Rides
at reduced fares
High school and college students are eligible for big discounts on Pace
fares. Read on to find out how to make sure you're all set for your first day
back to school.
High school students High school students can purchase
a 30-Day Reduced Fare Pass for $30. The 30-Day Reduced Fare Pass offers unlimited
rides on Pace regular routes and Call-n-Rides, without school-hour restrictions.
To load this reduced fare pass to a Ventra account, a student will need to
obtain a Student Ventra Card with the student entitlement. If using the 30-Day
Reduced Fare Pass on a Pace Premium route, a surcharge of $1.15 applies, which
must be paid for using Ventra transit value. Some high schools issue cards
directly to students (check if your school does
here). If your school does not issue cards directly, use the order form
to order a card straight from Ventra.
Less frequent riders can still get a discount on Pace rides by using their
Ventra Student Cards and loading value to the transit account to pay per ride.
Those wishing to pay with cash may do so with a valid student ID, but will
not be able to get transfers and will be charged the entire reduced fare on
each bus they board. Occasional riders who pay fares with cash or transit value
on their Ventra Student Card are eligible to ride for a reduced fare of $.85,
but only on school days between 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and only for travel
to and from school. This includes summertime travel.
College students Affordable transportation is a must
for college students. Pace's comprehensive system of bus routes, combined with
unlimited rides using the Campus Connection Pass, make travel to and from class,
simple and affordable. With no day or time restrictions, the Campus Connection
Pass takes you where you need to go after class, too! Use the
RTA trip planner to
find out which bus routes operate to and from your school.
College students seeking a discount need to load the Campus Connection Pass
to a Ventra Card with a college entitlement applied to his/her transit account,
and use the Ventra Card to ride. Some colleges sell passes on campus, so please
ask your school administrator if they are a participating Ventra sales center.
Students whose schools don't distribute Ventra Cards directly to students should
this form to obtain a Ventra Card with a college entitlement.
Already have a Ventra Card with a college student entitlement? Visit
VentraChicago.com to buy your pass. Already have a Ventra Card, but don't
have a college student entitlement? Visit the
student page on the Ventra
website to learn how to apply for an entitlement.
The Campus Connection Pass for college students is valid for an entire semester
(5 months) but can be purchased at any point during the semester at a pro-rated
price. This pass is valid for unlimited rides on Pace regular fixed route buses
and Call-n-Rides every day of the week at any time of the day. If using the
Campus Connection Pass on a Pace Premium route, a surcharge of $2.25 per trip
applies, which must be paid for using Ventra transit value.
Survey says: Pace leads the region in overall
The results of the 2016 Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) customer
satisfaction survey are in and Pace is proud to report that it received the
highest overall customer satisfaction rates in the region. 88% of respondents
were satisfied with Pace's overall service and 90% were likely to continue
riding Pace buses a year from now. 89% of respondents were likely to recommend
Pace to others.
This survey gave customers the opportunity to report overall satisfaction
and evaluations of 33 attributes that explored various aspects of service delivery,
employee performance, personal safety, information and communication, and cleanliness
and comfort. Similar to the last regional survey, conducted in 2013, most respondents
were very satisfied with Pace employees' performance. 94% of respondents were
satisfied with the drivers' safe driving.
Respondents were particularly satisfied with the ease of fare payment (94%),
which increased by six percentage points since 2013 when the transition to
Ventra had just begun. Additionally, respondents were extremely satisfied with
the information and communication provided by Pace. Ninety-four percent (94%)
of respondents are satisfied with the ease of understanding schedules and routes.
"We owe these high marks to the hard work of the Pace team, especially our
bus operators," said Pace Board Chairman Richard Kwasneski. "We're committed
to maintaining this level of service and we're working to address areas of
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Summer is here!
Time to relax and leave the driving to Pace
with our Express Service to Popular Destinations
Looking for an easy way to get to your favorite sporting event or concert?
Pace offers convenient and affordable express bus service to popular destinations
throughout Chicagoland! Pace′s Express Services to Popular Destinations
(ESPD) provide a convenient and affordable alternative to the hassles of event
traffic and expensive parking.
Read more here.
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 Cook Road.
Read more here.
I-90 SmartRoad and Flex Lane
As part of the I-90 Rebuilding and Widening Project, the entire I-90 corridor
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
Flex Lanes (inside lanes and shoulders) on I-90 to route around congestion
and provide more reliable service.