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					  The myths, realities and
future of suburban transit

  Moving beyond congestion and
              auto dependency

       Transportation for Illinois Coalition Annual Meeting
                                       September 20, 2006
Pace Profile
   One of the largest transit agencies in the country. Bigger than
    Atlanta, Denver and Phoenix.
   The largest in the country that does not serve a central business
    district, with the highest farebox recovery ratio of this group.
   The Pace service area is about 3,500 square miles – about 15 times
    the size of the City of Chicago - and has a population of 5 million.
   Receives 8 cents of every public dollar received for public transit in
    an area that is expected to grow from of a population of 5.2 million to
    6.2 million by 2020.
   Ridership has been on the rise for the past four years, with 2005
    ridership of nearly 37 million; the largest ridership of any system that
    has suburb to suburb routes and reverse commutes.
Myths
Misperceptions of Pace

   Big buses
   Running empty
   Balanced Budget
   The value of suburban transit
Realities
Pace is a family of services

   One of the largest small bus fleets
   Second largest vanpool program in the
    country, with 630 vehicles on the road
   Variations on vanpool
   Regional paratransit carrier; handles City
    ADA service and Taxi Access Program
   Ride sharing
Realities
37 million and growing
   Ridership is expected to climb by 3.1% or 1.1
    million trips next year alone.
   Pace’s weekly daily average ridership is
    about 130,000 passengers.
   Our top route, Route 352 Halsted carries over
    6,000 people a day
   Our newest route, Route 714 between
    College of DuPage and Naperville, attracted
    almost 200 riders in a few weeks.
Realities
Pace has a role
   Employers:
       - UPS, Shuttle bugs, reverse commutes,
         suburb to suburb trips
   Persons with disabilities:
       - Medical, social, jobs
   Senior Citizens
       - Fixed route, paratransit, municipal vanpool
Realities
Maintaining an inherited system
   Pace inherited a system in 1984 that doesn’t
    meet the needs of today.

   Challenges outside of our control –
    community planning, development,
    infrastructure.
Budget 2007
Two budgets and $100 million need

   In order for Pace to balance its 2007
    suburban service budget we will need $22.9
    million in new funding.
   Pace has become heavily dependent on
    federal funding to balance its budget.
   The 2007 budget assumes that the State and
    RTA will fund the $81.8 million required to
    provide the Regional ADA service.
The future
The next generation of a family of
services
   BRT
   ART
   New arterial services
   Locally based service
   Building on vanpool success
   Car pooling and ride sharing
   Taxi service
   Creative solutions to unique service markets
   Technology
The future
Without sufficient funding
   Inability to create, design and implement new
    services.
   Unable to serve new and growing markets –
    reverse commutes, suburb to suburb, aging
    population.
   Deteriorating Capital Assets
   Greater reliance on the car, increased
    congestion.
   Unanswered growth, sprawl
Pace 2011
    A market leader
   Offers many flexible transit services
   Has public and private funding sources
   Implemented components of Vision 2020

				
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