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Pace Orion VI in old color scheme.
Slogan A Fresh Approach To Public Transportation
Founded July 1, 1984
Headquarters Arlington Heights, Illinois
Locale Northeastern Illinois
Service area Cook, Lake, Will, Kane, McHenry and DuPage Counties
Service type Commuter, Paratransit
Routes 213[1]
Fleet 701 buses
610 vans
366 owned vehicles in paratransit service
80 community vehicles[2]
Fuel type Diesel
Operator Pace divisions or contract operators
Chief executive T.J. Ross
Web site

Pace is the suburban bus division of the Regional Transportation Authority in the Chicago metropolitan area. It was created in 1983 by the RTA Act, which established the formula that provides funding to CTA, Metra and Pace.

Pace's headquarters are in Arlington Heights, Illinois. Pace is governed by a 13 member Board of Directors, 12 of which are current and former suburban mayors, with the other being the Commissioner of the [Chicago] Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, to represent the city's paratransit riders.[3]

The six counties that Pace serves are Cook, Lake, Will, Kane, McHenry and DuPage. Some of Pace's buses also go to Chicago and Indiana. In some areas, notably Evanston and Skokie, Pace and Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) both serve the community.

Many of Pace's hubs are located at CTA rail stations (especially terminals) and Metra stations. CTA and Pace transit cards are valid on Pace, but Pace cards and passes are not valid on the CTA. Additionally, since CTA no longer issues transfers with cash bus fares, it no longer accepts Pace transfers, either, but Pace transfers remain good between Pace routes.[4] Pace honors some, but not all CTA passes; CTA and Pace have established a new joint 7-day pass, in substitution for the CTA 7-day pass, which Pace no longer accepts.[5] Metra fares are completely separate.

Pace buses generally have longer headways (often between 20 and 60 minutes) than CTA buses. Due to its broad geographic service area, service is provided by 9 operating divisions, as well as under agreements with several municipalities and private operators (school bus and motor coach companies).

All Pace buses are wheelchair accessible and have racks accommodating two bicycles, available during all hours of operation.

Pace buses provide service from the suburbs to various special events in the city, such as Routes #282 & #779 for Chicago Cubs games, Routes #773, #774 and #775 for Chicago White Sox games, Routes #237, #768, #769 and #776 for Chicago Bears games, Route #222 provides extra service to the Allstate Arena in Rosemont for events scheduled there, Route #284 to Six Flags Great America, and Route #387 for events at Toyota Park in Bridgeview.[6]

Pace is responsible for ADA paratransit service in its service area, and, effective July 1, 2006, for paratransit service in Chicago.[7] Pace also coordinates various Dial-a-Ride projects, usually sponsored by various municipalities and townships.[8] One of the largest is Ride DuPage, sponsored by Du Page County Human Services.[9]

Pace operates a Vanpool Incentive Program, where groups save by commuting together in a van owned and maintain by Pace and driven by one of the participants.[10] There is also a Municipal Vanpool Program, under which Pace provides a van to a municipality, for any public transportation purpose (such as demand response service for senior citizens).[11]

Pace is not an acronym, but a marketing name.[12]

Pace paratransit vehicle.


Operating divisions

Pace bus with new logo and blue livery.

Municipal operators

Municipally supported shuttles and "trolley" services

Other major facilities

Active Bus Fleet

Fleet Numbers Year Model Length Engine Type Headsign Assigned Divisions Handicapped/disabled access Comments
2272-2291, 2378 1993 Orion I 35 Diesel Flip Dot Northwest, North Shore, Contractors Yes check.svg These buses are currently being retired.
2292-2377 1993 Orion I 40 Diesel Flip Dot North, Northwest, North Shore, Contractors Yes check.svg These buses are currently being retired.
2379-2400 1997 NovaBus Classic 40 Diesel Flip Dot North Shore, Southwest Yes check.svg These buses are currently being retired.
2401-2422, 2453 1999 NABI 40-LFW 40 Diesel Flip Dot North, South Yes check.svg
2423-2452 1999 NABI 35-LFW 35 Diesel Flip Dot North, South Yes check.svg
1-7 2000 Chance American Hertiage Streetcar 25 Diesel Contractors Yes check.svg
6000-6161 2000-2004 Orion VI 40 Diesel Flip Dot / LED Northwest, Southwest, West Yes check.svg
6900-6907 2002 MCI D4000 40 Diesel Flip Dot South Yes check.svg
6162-6261 2003 NABI 40-LFW 40 Diesel LED North Shore, South, West, Contractors Yes check.svg
6600-6684 2003 NABI 35-LFW 35 Diesel LED North, South, West, Contractors Yes check.svg
6262-6322 2005 NABI 40-LFW 40 Diesel LED North Shore, West Yes check.svg
2600-2825 2006-2010 Eldorado EZ Rider II 30 Diesel LED River, Fox Valley, West, North Shore, Northwest, Heritage, Contractors Yes check.svg Includes 25 buses received for Joliet in 2009 and 58 buses funded by stimulus grants, to be delivered.[13]
  • Individual units in a series may be retired or out of service (also, a few units in a mostly retired series might still be operating).
  • No buses with fleet numbers ending in 13 (i.e. 6262-6322 consists of 60 buses, and there is no 6313).
  • Buses delivered in 2005 or later feature the new Pace livery.
  • Some light routes operated with paratransit or community vehicles.

Buses On Order

Fleet Numbers Year Model Length Engine Type Headsign Assigned Divisions Handicapped/disabled access Comments
 ? 2010-2011 MCI D4000CT 40 Diesel LED Yes check.svg Contract for 11 over the road coaches awarded; delivery expected in 2010 or 2011.[13]


  1. ^ Per 2010 proposed Pace budget, which proposes eliminating a number of them.
  2. ^ Per 2010 proposed Pace budget, which does not list any ElDorado 30 foot buses above 2741.
  3. ^ Pace. "Pace Board of Directors". Retrieved 2008-10-22.  
  4. ^ Pace (2005-12-27). "Pace Riders who transfer to the CTA should avoid cash fares". Press release. Retrieved 2007-10-01.  
  5. ^ Pace. "Fare Information". Retrieved 2009-01-01.  
  6. ^ Pace. "Special Events". Retrieved 2007-10-01.  
  7. ^ Illinois General Assembly (2005). "Public Act 0370, 94th General Assembly".  
  8. ^ Pace. "Dial-a-ride Service Directory". Retrieved 2007-10-01.  
  9. ^ DuPage County. "Ride DuPage".  
  10. ^ Pace. "Vanpool Incentive Program". Retrieved 2007-10-01.  
  11. ^ Pace. "Municipal Vanpool Program". Retrieved 2007-10-01.  
  12. ^ Pace. "Frequently Asked Questions". Retrieved 2007-10-01.  
  13. ^ a b "Pace Board Meeting Minutes September 2009". Pace. October 14, 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-20.  

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