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: