North Shore Transit Service Coordination Plan and Market Analysis
Pace, in partnership with the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), has initiated
the North Shore Transit Service Coordination Plan and Market Analysis. This study
will include a review of existing Pace and CTA routes in the North Shore area,
including portions of the cities of Chicago and Evanston and the villages of Lincolnwood,
Skokie and Wilmette. The primary goals of the project are to improve coordination
of Pace and CTA services in the North Shore on overlapping corridors, as well
as investigating opportunities for new service.
Other goals of the North Shore Coordination Plan include:
Improve overall transit service in North Shore area
Improving/optimizing coordination of Pace and CTA services by:
Studying existing travel demands and markets
Reviewing changes and new developments in the study area relative to prior
service changes and planning efforts
The study area is generally bounded by Lake Michigan on the east, I-94 on the
west, Devon Avenue on the south, and Lake Avenue on the north (see map below for
exact boundaries). The study area includes portions of the cities of Chicago and
Evanston and the villages of Lincolnwood, Skokie and Wilmette.
The North Shore Coordination Plan Steering Committee (SC) is comprised of representatives
from key agencies and municipal staff. Committee participation is an important
component of the study and will guide the North Shore Coordination Plan. Members
are asked to provide their perspective on project goals, measures of success,
technical elements, community outreach strategies, service alternatives, and preferred
short and long term service improvement strategies. The SC is expected to convene
4-5 times over the course of the study.
Click here for a list of SC members.
Two public meetings will be held as part of the study process to inform and
gather feedback and input from the public. The first public meeting (see below
for more details) introduced the market analysis and preliminary service analysis,
solicited feedback on the data analysis to date and the issues and perceptions
of existing service, and identified critical gaps in the transit network.
The second public meeting will present the complete study methodology, findings
to date, and the preferred service alternative for public comment. Additional
information regarding public meeting times and locations will be posted here.
For study updates, including future meeting notices, please send your email
address to Pace Customer Relations (contact below) to be included in the study
Public Open Houses
Pace and CTA hosted two Open Houses on October 4, 2016 at the Chicago Public
Library in Rogers Park and on October 5, 2016 at the Lincolnwood Community Center.
The Open Houses provided an opportunity to introduce the study to the public and
present an overview of initial findings from the on-board and general public surveys
and the market analysis. Click on the link below to view the exhibit boards presented
at the Open Houses.
Pace and CTA would like to thank everyone who completed the rider and non-rider
surveys administered in May and June of 2016. The data gathered has been evaluated
and reported on in the Market Analysis Report (see below) and will play an important
role in designing improved services for the area.
Market Analysis Briefing Book
As of March 2017, the project team has developed a Market Analysis Briefing
Book which provides a condensed summary of all existing conditions work that has
been completed for the study. This includes highlights from the rider and non-rider
surveys that were conducted in the spring of 2016, Pace and CTA ridership and
on-time performance data, demographic analysis and other market-based findings.
Importantly, the Briefing Book establishes a set of recommendations based on
the market analysis, which is currently being used to develop service concepts.
The project team shared these recommendations and service concepts with the Steering
Committee on April 6 and will refine service concepts into actual bus route alignments
and service levels over the coming months.