Pace announces schedule of public hearings on proposed 2018 budget
Budget includes proposed fare increase and hiring freeze, but no service
Pace released its schedule of
thirteen budget public
hearings to be held throughout the agency's six-county service area during
the last two weeks in October. The proposed budget is balanced and maintains
current service levels, but includes budget balancing actions to address an
almost $12 million shortfall caused by a reduction in state support and lagging
sales tax revenue. The proposed budget includes a $.25 fare increase on regular
fixed route ($.50 on premium routes) and ADA paratransit service fares. See
the complete fare table
here. Also included
is a corporate hiring freeze and other administrative cost-containment measures
that will not affect service operations.
"These budget balancing actions are not suggested lightly," said Pace Board
Chairman Richard Kwasneski." This is Pace's first proposed fare increase since
2009. To keep this proposed increase at a minimum, the Board has asked administrative
staff to share the burden with our customers and ensure that the service which
gets people to work, school, medical appointments, and other important destinations
continues to run uninterrupted."
The public hearing schedule is posted
here, along with
instructions on submitting comments about the budget via e-mail and post. The
full budget document is available
and at most public libraries, and at township, city and village offices in the
six county Pace region, including Pace's headquarters, located at 550 West
Algonquin Road in Arlington Heights.
Express to Six Flags Fright Fest (and Other Popular Destinations)
This Pace service is not for the faint of heart! Express bus trips to Fright
Fest at Six Flags Great America have officially begun! Every Saturday and Sunday
this October, buses from Schaumburg and Rosemont will whisk passengers to the
scariest place in our service area. Other Express routes still serve games
at Soldier Field and events at Allstate Arena. Find out about Pace's Express
Service to Popular Destinations here.
Express Service to Soldier Field begins September 10
Don't miss a single Bears game this season! Leave your car in a free Park-n-Ride
lot and enjoy a worry-free ride to the stadium from Schaumburg, Bolingbrook,
Palos Heights or Yorktown. We serve all regular season games.
Pace's Pulse Dempster Line and Pace/CTA North Shore Coordination Plan Open
Pace and CTA hosted two open houses on September 18, 2017, at the Skokie
Public Library and on September 19, 2017, at the Levy Senior Center in Evanston.
The open houses provided an opportunity for the public to learn about proposed
updates and changes to routes in the North Shore area as a result of this study.
Click on the link below to view the exhibit boards presented at the open houses.