ILLINOIS TOLLWAY AND PACE LAUNCH NEW SMARTROAD
WITH FLEX LANE FOR PACE BUSES ON THE JANE ADDAMS MEMORIAL TOLLWAY (I-90)
DOWNERS GROVE, IL -- The Illinois Tollway and Pace Suburban
Bus, along with regional project partners and local officials, today activated
the I-90 SmartRoad on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway that includes advanced
technology to provide real-time roadway information to drivers and a dedicated
Flex Lane for Pace buses to use whenever traffic conditions warrant.
"Adding SmartRoad is another improvement we've made for our customers�from
the commuters who use I-90 to get to work and get home again, to our commercial
customers, who rely on I-90 to efficiently ship their products around the Chicago
area and across the country," Illinois Tollway Board Chairman Bob Schillerstrom
said. "Using the Flex Lanes will allow the buses to keep moving and provide reliable
service to their customers and ours and all of these improvements make it easier
and more efficient for our customers to use I-90 - either by car or bus - and
to better reach the communities and businesses near the road."
The Tollway's $2.5 billion I-90 Rebuilding and Widening Project completed
in 2016 features a 16-mile SmartRoad that incorporates active traffic management
using cameras, sensors and overhead gantries to more quickly bring detailed roadway
information to drivers so they are better able to make their personal travel
decisions. Flexible infrastructure and innovative technology enables the Tollway
to communicate with drivers in real-time to provide traffic incident information,
lane closures, traffic pattern changes and travel times.
The Tollway also will be able to add new "smart" features to the roadway as
they become available in the future.
The new SmartRoad operating between Barrington Road and the Kennedy Expressway
also was designed to accommodate transit for the first time in the agency's history
with the new Flex Lanes dedicated for Pace bus travel. Pace also will operate
three new Park-n-Ride stations constructed along the Tollway.
Pace expanded its service on I-90 in late 2016 after the rebuilding and widening
project was completed and its buses now will be able to shift into the new inside
Flex Lane to continue traveling at roadway speeds if traffic slows.
"We've already seen significant ridership growth along the I-90 corridor.
On average, ridership has increased about 20 percent a month since our December
2016 service expansion," Pace Board Chairman Richard Kwasneski said. "It shows
that when transit is competitive with the private automobile, people will choose
The inside Flex Lane is available to buses and emergency vehicles and will
allow Pace passengers to avoid traffic delays and reliably maintain their schedules
when travelling on the tollway.
Pace offers frequent express bus service in the I-90 corridor, connecting
Elgin, Hoffman Estates, Schaumburg and Rosemont for easy access to suburban jobs
and convenient connections to other Pace buses and CTA trains. Parking at Pace's
Randall Road Park-n-Ride Station in Elgin and the Northwest Transportation Center
in Schaumburg is free. Travel round trip between Elgin and downtown Chicago is
$4.50 (including a transfer to or from the CTA Blue Line). Pace Express buses
offer free Wi-Fi and USB charging ports under the seats.
Project partners include the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Regional
Transportation Authority (RTA), Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP),
Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Cook County, Kane County, Village of Hoffman
Estates, and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT).
About the Illinois Tollway
The Illinois Tollway
is a user-fee system that receives no state or federal funds for maintenance
and operations. The agency maintains and operates 292 miles of interstate tollways
in 12 counties in Northern Illinois, including the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88),
the Veterans Memorial Tollway (I-355), the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90)
the Tri-State Tollway (I-94/I-294/I-80) and the Illinois Route 390 Tollway.
Pace is Chicagoland's suburban bus and regional
paratransit provider. Pace's family of public transportation services also includes
vanpool, rideshare matching, community-based transportation programs, and, soon,
Pulse, Pace's new rapid transit network. Learn more at
Pace's Pulse Dempster Line and Pace/CTA North Shore Coordination Plan Open
Residents and commuters are invited to provide feedback on area service plans
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The open house dates and locations are as follow:
Pulse Dempster Line Open House
September 12, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Des Plaines Public Library
1501 Ellinwood Street
Des Plaines, IL 60016
Served by Pace routes 208, 226, 230, 234, 250 and Metra UP-Northwest Line
Pace/CTA North Shore Coordination Plan Open House
September 18, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Skokie Public Library, 2nd
5215 Oakton Street
Skokie, IL 60077
Served by Pace routes 210, 226; CTA route 97 and CTA Yellow Line via Oakton-Skokie
Combined Pulse Dempster Line and Pace/CTA North Shore Coordination Plan Open
The combined open house will feature information about both projects at the
same location for the convenience of residents and commuters. Representatives
for both projects will be in attendance.
September 19, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Levy Senior Center
Evanston, IL 60202
Served by CTA routes 93, 97
The Pulse Dempster Line is the second of Pace's new rapid transit lines following
the Pulse Milwaukee Line. The Pulse Dempster Line will operate along Dempster
Street providing connections between the communities of Evanston, Skokie, Morton
Grove, Niles, Park Ridge, Des Plaines, Rosemont and Chicago. Community members
are invited to review information about the project and share input on preliminary
station locations during the open houses.
The North Shore Coordination Plan is a joint Pace/CTA study to evaluate the
existing transit in the North Shore area and provide recommendations to improve
service and coordination between Pace and the CTA. The public is invited to review
and provide feedback on market research findings and initial plan recommendations,
including opportunities for improved service throughout the North Shore area.