CHICAGO (CBS) — Pace is the first of the area’s transit systems to unveil a proposed 2014 budget, and it holds the line on most fares while promising additional service.
Details remain a bit sketchy because of the Regional Transportation Authority’s inability to resolve a tug of war over “discretionary” funding that has traditionally gone almost exclusively to CTA. But the suburban bus agency is planning to buy more than 40 new buses, 166 pool vans and 80 paratransit vehicles.
Among the improvements being made are new buses on the 600/Northwest Express and 610/River Road-Prairie Stone Express that are equipped with free Wi-Fi. Pace is expecting double-digit increases in ridership once reconstruction begins on the Jane Addams Tollway (I-90) next spring.