Benefits of "Vision 2020"

Public transportation has lagged behind the shifts in population and employment in the region. Service enhancements are needed to address the growth and new travel patterns. Between 1970 and 1990, the region's population and employment grew by 4% and 21%, respectively.

Older communities experienced declines in population and jobs, while new suburban areas grew rapidly. The 2020 forecasts show renewed growth in the City of Chicago and many of the older suburbs. Over the next 20 years, this plan will provide Pace with the strategy to reshape its system by using new methods and technology to meet market needs and demands. Vision 2020 is the blueprint for the future of suburban transit.

By providing fast and convenient transit services throughout Pace's suburban service area, this plan is expected to substantially improve mobility for all segments of the suburban population, assist communities in their pursuit of improved quality of life, and promote regional smart growth goals.

In summary, the key reasons to implement Vision 2020 are:

  • Higher level of suburban mobility
  • Faster service
  • More flexible service
  • Pedestrian and bicycle access
  • Improved passenger facilities
  • Greater public safety
  • Improved connections
  • Better access to jobs and community facilities
  • Reduced reliance on the automobile
Regional Development
  • Positive effect on new development
  • Less congestion
  • Infrastructure improvements
  • Strong economic development
  • Strong regional public transportation system
  • Improved air quality
  • Better connected communities
Serves Everyone
  • Work commuters
  • Riders with strollers
  • People with disabilities
  • Seniors
Full Suburban Access
  • Convenient
  • Affordable
  • Easy-to-use
  • Fast
  • Direct

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