Pace recognizes National Infrastructure Week

As National Infrastructure Week kicks off on May 13, Pace is 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. [Read more]


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Pace and Regional Transit Leaders Advocate for Funding on National Get on Board Day

Pace Board Member Karen Tamley and Executive Director Rocky Donahue joined officials from our region and throughout Illinois on April 25 to advocate for investment in public transit. Pace riders who want to make their voices heard in the State Capitol can contact their legislators. Thanks for being our partner as we work to get the funding we need to improve our public transit infrastructure!

CTA, Metra and Pace provide more than two million rides each weekday, saving riders time and money, reducing automobile traffic, and fueling our economy. Our transit system now has $30 billion of unmet high-priority projects, and more than a decade has passed since the State of Illinois last funded a capital bill. The RTA's Regional Transit Strategic Plan, Invest in Transit, sets clear priorities for public transportation across Chicago and Northeastern Illinois, calling for $2 to $3 billion a year of investments over the next decade. Please support our region's "Get On Board" campaign by telling elected officials you support more funding for public transportation. Visit to email your state legislator or tweet to them using #InvestInTransit.



Pace Eliminating Three Poorly Performing Services

Several services approved for elimination as part of the Pace 2019 budget are scheduled for elimination in April and June. 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 spring a are:

  • Saturday service on Route 209 (last day of service: June 8)
  • Route 304 (last day of service: TBD in August)
  • Route 326 (last day of service: TBD in August)

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.

Pace Routes 661, 809 and 824 were eliminated effective January 21. Effective March 3, Saturday service on Route 348, Route 362, Route 532, Saturday service on Route 540, and Saturday service on Route 546 were eliminated. As of April 6, Saturday service on Route 504 was eliminated.


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 Services.

"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."


Pace Call-n-Ride is now Pace On Demand

New name, same affordable ride right outside your door! In part to draw attention to the online booking feature added to most of our former Call-n-Ride routes (and coming soon to the rest), Pace has rebranded this convenient service. It will still work the same way: Anyone in one of the eleven On Demand regions can reserve a ride to anywhere else within that region. The fare is still just $2.00 with Ventra! [Read more]