Officials Celebrate New Pace ADA Chicago Paratransit Offices and United Nation's International Day o
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December 4, 20182:00:00 PM
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New workspace incorporates technology and modern design to better serve passengers
CHICAGO, IL - Pace, RTA, Metra, and Illinois officials gathered on Monday, December 3 to celebrate the completion of Pace's new Chicago ADA Paratransit headquarters in conjunction with the United Nation's International Day of Persons with Disabilities. State Senator Martin Sandoval, Chairman of Transportation, and State Representative Marcus Evans joined Pace Chairman Rick Kwasneski, RTA Chairman Kirk Dillard, and other guests to offer a few words and cut a ceremonial ribbon before touring the new space. The office's layout enhances efficiency, encourages collaboration, and reinforces the organization's focus on accessibility. The light-filled 15,500-square-foot space includes 38 80-square-foot cubicles and private offices, three conference rooms, a 50-person training room, and a command center for emergency management.
"These offices are a testament to our commitment to growth and ongoing improvement as we take advantage of what real-time information and modern workspace design have to offer," Pace Chairman Richard Kwasneski. "We are grateful to our partners at the RTA and Metra for their collaboration on this project." The RTA secured hundreds of thousands of federal dollars for the space's modern command center technology and Metra took on the project management for this renovation in their building at 547 W. Jackson Boulevard.
Real-time information screens throughout the office help staff Pace better monitor service and share information with team members. "Many people spend more time at their offices than they do at home. I know I do," offered Senator Sandoval. "Our paratransit employees deserve the best facilities and the best tools, so they can do their best to serve Chicagoans with disabilities."
Quality public transportation is critical to the independence of people with disabilities and their ability to contribute economically, socially, and politically. Pace's new headquarters empowers employees to serve those who need special services. "Someone once said that government reflects our community values," said Representative Evans. "This space reflects that we care about the people that come through the door and the people that we serve."
Pace Board Member and Commissioner of the Mayor's Office for People with disabilities Karen Tamley was unable to attend the event because she was in Berlin to represent Chicago as a founding city of the Global Compact on Inclusive and Accessible Cities and celebrate the United Nation's International Day of Persons with Disabilities, which promotes the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities each year on December 3. RTA Chairman Kirk Dillard reflected on that and said, "With the passing of President George Herbert Walker Bush, one of the things that is not lost on me today is that, among his many accomplishments, he was the president who signed the Americans with Disabilities Act." He went on to say, "I want to thank Pace and Metra. This is cooperation at its finest. Among different agencies of government, this is the way it's supposed to work."