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Go Green With Pace

Public transportation is environmentally sound transportation

The problems are evident

Everyday millions of people sit in traffic, alone in their cars, as they commute to work, school and other destinations around Chicagoland. The nation is dependent on foreign oil, the environment is polluted with carbon emissions, and road congestion robs drivers of hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars yearly.

But there is a solution

Imagine fewer cars on the road. Imagine no need for Ozone Action Days. Imagine sitting back and relaxing during your daily commute, letting someone else take the wheel while you get to and from work, school or other activities. All of this is possible with public transportation. Reducing traffic and improving the quality of our community's environment are some of Pace's top priorities. By providing quality public transportation options, Pace can help residents of Northeastern Illinois reduce their carbon footprint, protect the environment for present and future generations, and conserve natural resources. In fact, Pace's family of transit services already removes more than 100,000 cars from our roadways every day.

Pace is a part of the solution

  • Pace follows federal guidelines relating to clean diesel and for the maintenance of different engine types to maximize productivity and minimize pollution. We use ultra-low sulfur fuels that meet all federal requirements.
  • Pace provides its employees with $75/month incentive to use a vanpool. Learn how you can join a carpool or vanpool at Pace
  • Pace recycles tires that can be used for playground flooring, tire retreading and even for tire derived fuel.
  • Pace has begun using transit signal priority which saves fuel and reduces carbon emissions released into the air by buses idling at a red light.
  • Pace purchases 30-foot E-Z Rider II buses from El Dorado National. These new fleet additions have transmissions and hydraulic systems which utilize synthetic fluids that extend drain intervals (every 75,000 miles instead of 12,000) for reduced environmental impact.
  • Pace has hybrid small buses in use in Schaumburg and Elgin, and, now, two full size hybrid buses in use in Highland Park.
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Pace and the City of Highland Park debuted two new, hybrid buses in 2012 that can reduce the suburban bus agency's fuel usage and pave the way to further use of green technology. The buses are powered by a diesel-electric hybrid drive system which, similar to hybrid automobiles on the market, switches between an electric motor and a diesel engine to conserve fuel and reduce exhaust emissions.

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Facts & Figures provided by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA)

Public Transportation Reduces Greenhouse Gases and Conserves Energy:

The "leverage effect" of public transportation reduces the nation's carbon emissions by 37 million metric tons annually - equivalent to the electricity used by 4.9 million households.

To achieve a similar reduction in carbon emissions, every household in New York City, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Denver and Los Angeles combined would have to completely stop using electricity.

People living in households within one-quarter mile of rail or one-tenth mile from a bus stop drive approximately 4,400 fewer miles annually compared to persons in similar households with no access to public transit.

This equates to an individual household reduction of 223 gallons of gasoline a year.

Public Transportation Reduces Gasoline Consumption:

The "leverage effect" of public transportation, supporting transportation efficient land use patterns, saves 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline - more than three times the amount of gasoline refined from the oil we import from Kuwait.

Public transportation use saves the equivalent of 900,000 automobile fill-ups every day.

The typical public transit rider consumes on average one half of the oil consumed by an automobile rider.

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