CHICAGO (CBS) — The Pace suburban bus system is dreaming big – $2.3 billion big – trying to get in on potential federal funding down the line for some of the system’s long-term projects.
Long-term planning manager David Tomzik said Pace wants to better serve suburbanites who travel or need to travel between suburbs to get to jobs.
To do that, Pace wants more shoulder-riding express bus routes along area expressways. Pace already is allowed to run buses on the shoulder of the Stevenson Expressway during the morning and afternoon rush.
Similar express lanes for Pace buses have been planned for the Edens Expressway and Jane Addams Tollway.
Tomzik said ridership on the Stevenson express buses has jumped from 300 people per day in 2011 to more than 1,200 per day last year.