In coordination with the Illinois Tollway rebuilding and widening of the Jane
Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90), Pace's I-90 Market Expansion Program introduces
new transit service and supportive infrastructure along the corridor between Randall
Road and Rosemont. This multi-phased program launched in 2012 and is made possible
through the work of many partners, including the Federal Transit Administration
(FTA), Illinois Tollway, Regional Transportation Authority, Chicago Metropolitan
Agency for Planning, Chicago Transit Authority, Cook County, Kane County, Village
of Hoffman Estates and Illinois Department of Transportation. Phase 1 of the I-90
Market Expansion occurred in August 2013 with the expansion of service on Routes
600, 606, 610 and 895, and Phase 2 occurred in December 2016, with the implementation
of the new routes, improved service, and enhanced facilities described below.
Additional changes will go into effect later this year.
Phase 3 Changes Coming Summer 2017
As part of the I-90 Rebuilding and Widening Project, the entire I-90 corridor
has been reconstructed to include flexible infrastructure to enable the Tollway
to add new "smart"features as needed or as they become available. The new gantries
will not be used for toll collection or violation enforcement. The new I-90 SmartRoad
will create the option for Pace buses to travel in the new transit-only Flex Lanes
when congestion is present. When the I-90 Flex Lanes are ready for Pace buses
to use in the summer of 2017, schedules may be adjusted to reflect the faster
This video, from the Tollway, explains the benefits of the new features:
Phase 2 Service Changes (Completed On Time as of December 19, 2016)
Did you know that by 2040 the 27-mile stretch of I-90 between Elgin and O'Hare
is projected to have as many jobs as the Loop? Until now, however, many of those
suburban jobs weren't easily accessible by public transit. Transit users now have
vastly improved job access to and from the northwest suburbs. Those who drive
will discover new opportunities to use efficient and affordable transit to get
to work, including free access to Pace's Park-n-Rides, which will offer 551 new
parking spaces by the end of 2017.
Changes to Routes
610 New names and
more connections for Routes
New and Updated Facilities
I-90/Randall Road Park-n-Ride located off Point Boulevard, near the intersection
of I-90 and Randall Road in Elgin. Riders can board Routes 550, 605 and 607 here.
Pace Elgin Transportation Center
Completed on December 1, the Elgin TC now features
a new building, a Ventra vending machine, and new bus and operator facilities.
Pace Northwest Transportation Center (NWTC) in
Pace's renovation at the NWTC added 32 spaces to
the free park-n-ride facility there. New signage for the new services was also
installed. See the layout here
which shows the new boarding locations.
Rosemont Transit Center
In partnership with Cook County and CTA, the work
funded by Pace at this heavily used transfer location improves safety for pedestrians
and creates a new bus bay to accommodate the extra I-90 express buses. Bus bays
have been reassigned, see
the layout here which shows the new boarding locations.
New 40' express buses with Wi-Fi and USB charging
Other Schedule Updates
To reflect additional connections with new services,
we have updated schedules for Routes 208, 221, 223, 230, 234, 303, 326, 332, 541,
546, 547, 548, 549, 554, 696, 757 & 895. Please note there are no planned
service changes for these routes.
I-90 Corridor Service
These new services allow you to relax and make the most of your commute. Watch
a movie using free Pace Wi-Fi on Pace Express buses and take advantage of the
USB charging ports! In summer 2017, Pace will be able to use the Tollway's new
Flex Lanes to bypass traffic and save even more time!
Approximate Travel Times
Pace Elgin Transportation Center n Rosemont Transit Center → 38 min. Pace
I-90/Randall Park-n-Ride Station n Rosemont Transit Center → 38 min. Pace
Northwest Transportation Center (NWTC) n Rosemont Transit Center → 27 min.
Pace I-90/Randall Park-n-Ride Station n Pace Northwest Transportation Center (NWTC) →
Compare the cost of driving downtown from Randall Road in Elgin and back to
taking the bus and train to see how much you'll save switching to Pace:
Based on fare, tolls and distance from the Pace I-90/Randall Road Park-n-Ride;
gas cost of $2.50/gal.; and average daily parking costs in downtown Chicago.
*One-way fare can range from $1.75 to $2.50 based on origin and destination.
Coming Later in 2017
Pace I-90/IL 25 Park-n-Ride Station
Located on Illinois Route 25 just off of I-90, this free Park-n-Ride will have
199 spaces and will be served by Routes 543, 603, 605 and 607.
Barrington Road Distributor Service
This service will operate between the Kiss-n-Ride at the Pace I-90/Barrington
Road Park-n-Ride Station and nearby residential and business centers south of
Pace I-90/Barrington Road Park-n-Ride Station
Located on Barrington Road just off of I-90, this free Park-n-Ride will have
approximately 170 spaces and will be served by Routes 603, 605 and 607. Pace's
I-90/Barrington Road Park-n-Ride Station is an innovative passenger facility which
will board and alight (pick up and drop off) express route passengers at a time-saving
on-highway bus stop. This station will be accessible by a pedestrian bridge and
an underpass crossing for Park-n-Ride and Kiss-n-Ride access.