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.

Community Input
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.

County Population Growth
Employment Growth
Cook +9% +23%
DuPage +26% +54%
Kane +73% +54%
Lake +51% +70%
McHenry +85% +47%
Will +130% +239%

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.

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Moving into the Future
Vision 2020 is our "Blueprint for the Future"
of public transportation.

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