Welcome to Vision 2020
Thank you for visiting Pace's Vision 2020 website to learn more about our plan for the future of public transportation
in northeastern Illinois. We hope that you will find the following material interesting and informative and that you
will support Vision 2020.
Through the RTA Act of 1984, Pace was established and became responsible for providing public transportation to the
residents of northeastern Illinois. Since that time, the region has increased to more than 5.2 million people. In order
to serve this growing population, we realize that changes need to be made to the current system.
What Is Paces's Vision 2020?
We have created a plan that will truly serve the needs of this
region's residents. Over the next two decades, we hope to have a system in place that can provide public transportation
to everyone in northeastern Illinois. We will offer express routes on major roadways that will connect with smaller,
community-based services at regional and community transportation centers. Along with the ability to move quickly throughout
the region, we envision a network of service that will get people to their specific destinations - workplaces, homes,
entertainment or community events. Wherever you need to go, Pace will be able to get you there in a manner that is fast,
easy and inexpensive.
In addition to these additional services, Pace hopes to further improve the infrastructure of our suburban communities.
The suburbs have been designed solely for automobiles, so modifications are required to allow people to access public
transportation on foot and/or bicycle. Part of the Vision 2020 plan concentrates on these infrastructure improvements
- sidewalks, curb cuts and bike racks.
The next steps in creating this plan depend on the assistance of you - our stakeholders.
Pace staff will be participating in hundreds of meetings throughout the six-county region to find out the individual
public transportation needs of each community. We hope to include you in this process. If you have a group that is interested
in talking with Pace about Vision 2020, let us know via our Vision 2020 Comment Form and we will schedule a time and
date to meet with you.
Why is this plan needed?
While we are proud of the innovative and financially efficient service
we now provide, Pace can do better. The citizens of northeastern Illinois deserve a world-class transit system, and
Pace intends to provide just that.
Public transportation is the solution to reducing the region's congestion. Vision 2020 will allow Pace to truly
serve the needs of all citizens of northeastern Illinois. But, we can't succeed without you. We need your support
to make the enhancement of public transportation a priority for the leaders in this region. Let your voice be heard!
Participate in Vision 2020 today - and let's make the future brighter for all of us.