Fixed Route Bus System
Pace's fixed-route bus service conveniently carries commuters throughout the
suburbs using a set schedule and routing. With approximately 200 fixed routes
serving more than 220 communities in the six county area, Pace provides fast and
economical service to employment centers, hospitals, shopping centers and many
Plan Your Trip
The RTA provides trip planning services by phone (836-7000 using any Chicagoland
area code) and web (RTAChicago.com) that
include instructions for riding Pace, CTA and Metra. Depending on your destination,
it may be necessary to use a combination of Pace, CTA and Metra services. Ask
the phone operator or review your online itinerary to identify transfer locations.
Transfers between Pace services and between Pace and CTA services are only available
when using a Ventra Card. Please note that Pace transfers cannot be used on Metra.
Pace was the first transit agency in northeastern Illinois and the second in
the state to achieve
accessible fixed route bus fleet. Pace's accessible service includes buses
that "kneel"and are equipped with ramps for accessible boarding, designated priority
seating areas for people with disabilities and older adults, as well as wheelchair
securement areas, and automated audio and visual route identification and stop
announcements. Additionally, Pace's new shelter program provides for the ability
to install new shelters that are fully accessible as well as retrofitting old
shelters for accessibility.
Boarding the Bus
Passengers should board Pace buses by waiting at a posted bus stop sign. On
some Pace routes, riders may board a bus by flagging it down (waving to it) at
any safe intersection along the route. Please see the published route schedule
for more information on what rules may apply to the route you wish to ride.
As the bus approaches, note the route number on the destination sign on the
front of the bus, above the windshield. If it is the bus you want, wave to the
bus operator so he/she knows you'd like to board.
- Wait for the bus to come to a complete stop
- Allow exiting riders to get off the bus first
- Move onto the bus using available handrails
- Pay the appropriate fare
How to Pay
Ventrais the fare payment system for Pace and the CTA. Riders are encouraged
to get a Ventra Card and register a transit account at
ventrachicago.com or by calling 1.877.NOW.VENTRA.
Registered Ventra Card users can load multi-day passes and transit value to their
card, and they can have their balance protected if the card is lost or stolen.
Riders can pay their fare by using their Ventra Card or cash. Cash payments
are put in the fare box as indicated in Photo 1 below. Exact fare is required.
The operator does not carry change. To pay with a Ventra Card, tap it on the reader
as indicated in Photo 2 below. Transfers are not available when paying with cash,
but they are available when using Ventra transit value.
Photo 1: Pace Farebox
Photo 2: Ventra Card Reader
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