Thanks to major rebuilding and widening work Illinois Tollway has recently
completed on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90), Pace has been able to undertake
several projects greatly along the corridor between Rosemont and Elgin.
In December 2016, Pace launched the largest-ever service expansion in the agency's
history, with the addition of six new routes, enhanced service on six other routes,
and the opening of the I-90/Randall Road Park-n-Ride Station. For an overview
of our latest improvements, read
our Summer 2017 brochure here.
As of September 5, 2017, buses traveling along I-90 are able
to use the new Flex Lanes whenever there is traffic! These lanes are
available to buses and emergency vehicles and allow our passengers to avoid
traffic on the highway.
The Flex Lane is part of what Illinois Tollway calls the I-90 SmartRoad.
Learn more about the cutting-edge technology behind this project at
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The final part of our initiative -- the construction of three new, innovative
Park-n-Ride Stations -- is well underway.
I-90/Randall Road Park-n-Ride Station
This facility in Elgin is already complete and operational.
Featuring 150 free parking spaces, it is served by Pace Routes 550, 605 and 607
and connects Elgin via express routes to Rosemont (and the CTA Blue Line) and
I-90/IL 25 Park-n-Ride Station
Opening in late 2017/early 2018, the Pace I-90/IL
25 Park-n-Ride Station will further connect Elgin and the surrounding area to
Schaumburg, Rosemont, and Chicago. Construction will also bring about improvements
to the area's pedestrian infrastructure with the installation of new sidewalks
connecting the station to adjacent neighborhoods. This station's 199 parking spaces
will be served by Routes 543, 603, 605, 607.
I-90/Barrington Road Park-n-Ride Station
The nation's first-ever highway-based bus rapid transit
station is almost here! A pedestrian bridge over the tollway and two tunnels passing
beneath ramps allow commuters to access eastbound and westbound buses with ease.
The investment in walkability at this location connects Pace passengers to adjacent
jobs and residences as well as convenient bike, kiss-n-ride and park-n-ride facilities.Commuters
will have access to Pace Routes 603, 605 and 607 (and a forthcoming distributor
service) as well as 170 free parking spaces and a Kiss-n-Ride area.
As part of this project, we have acquired 25 new buses, featuring comfortable,
high-backed seats and top-of-the-line features. On these vehicles, you can stow
your briefcase in overhead containers, read using your seat's individual overhead
light, charge your phone using our USB outlets or browse the web using onboard
New & Improved Service
In December 2016, we made major changes to service in the area.
Three new Express Routes were added: Routes
TThree new local routes were added: Routes
Additional connections were added and minor adjustments were made to Routes
Updated Transit Centers
Pace Elgin Transportation Centerb Completed
on December 1, the Elgin Transportation Center now features a new building, a
Ventra vending machine, and new bus and operator facilities.
Pace Northwest Transportation Center (NWTC) in
Schaumburg Pace's renovation at Northwest Transportation Center added 32
spaces to the free park-n-ride facility there.
Rosemont Transit Center In partnership
with Cook County, work funded by Pace at this heavily-used transfer location improves
safety for pedestrians; improves traffic flow for cars, taxis and shuttles; and
creates new bus bays to accommodate our additional service.