Historic State Capital Plan Signed into Law
Pace joins our colleagues at transit agencies across the state in thanking the Governor, House and Senate leaders, and the other legislative champions who were critical in passing the landmark capital bill signed into law today. Today's actions end a decade without a capital bill in our state and usher in the largest infrastructure program in our state's history. It will have transformative effects on the regional transit system for which Pace and our partners are responsible. For the first time, the state has a plan that provides sustainable funding that will generate millions of dollars for capital investments each year. It also contains earmarks for eight urgent Pace projects, including expressway service expansion, ADA Paratransit infrastructure improvements, and critical work on our garages.
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 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.