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Pace Wants To Expand Call-Ride Program

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CHICAGO (CBS) – Pace is looking to expand its popular Call-n-Ride program.

WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger reports, the suburban bus system’s call-n-ride program is modeled after one in Denver.

Pace’s Patrick Wilmot says in six areas right now, riders can call and reserve curb-to-curb service in a mini-bus for $1.75 for each one-way trip.

“The rider calls in advance, makes a reservation directly with the driver who is trained to know the entire area like the back of his or her hand<' he said. "And then they negotiate a trip time and the rider can travel anywhere within the defined zone."

You might have to wait longer than you would for a cab, but the fare is cheaper.

Wilmot says Pace hopes to expand the program.

"We're looking forward to having more of these," he said. "They've really gotten a lot of positive feedback. It's a personal level of service that passengers seem to really appreciate – getting to know the driver and being able to call and book the trip that they want when they need to travel."

Call-n-Ride is used in areas where a fixed route service is impractical and less cost-efficient.

The six areas with service are:

West Joliet Call-n-Ride 1-815-210-6960
Hours of Operation: Weekdays 6:00am – 6:15pm

Round Lake Area Call-n-Ride 1-847-847-9169
Hours of Operation: Weekdays 6:00am – 6:15pm

Wheaton – Winfield Call-n-Ride 1-630-379-1976
Hours of Operation: Weekdays 6:30am – 6:45pm

St. Charles – Geneva Call-n-Ride 1-630-379-2452
Hours of Operation: Weekdays 5:30am – 7:00pm
Saturdays 8:00am – 6:30pm

Vernon Hills – Mundelein Call-n-Ride 1-224-735-8678
Hours of Operation: Weekdays 6:00am – 6:15pm

Arlington Heights – Rolling Meadows Call-n-Ride 1-224-803-9277
Hours of Operation: Weekdays 6:10am – 6:30pm

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