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I-90 Market Expansion

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Project Update

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 illinoistollway.com or view this Tollway flyer.

Flex Lane

 

See the video below and learn more about the Tollway's project at www.illinoistollway.com.
See this Tollway flyer to learn about what happens when there is a traffic incident.

 

Coming Soon: New Park-n-Ride Stations

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

 

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 Schaumburg.

Construction begins

 

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.

New highway-based bus rapid transit station

 

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.

New Vehicles

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 WiFi.

New & Improved Service

In December 2016, we made major changes to service in the area.

  • Three new Express Routes were added: Routes 603, 605 and 607
  • TThree new local routes were added: Routes 604, 608 and 611
  • Changes were made to Routes 550, 600 and 610
  • Additional connections were added and minor adjustments were made to Routes 543, 606 and 616

Map of service area

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.

 

 

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