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24.1.15

TRANSPORT PUBLIC SERVICE * USA: Chicago's Pace buses

* Illinois - Pace unveils plan for ambitious $2.3 billion Rapid Transit Network


(Photo by Chuck Berman, Chicago Tribune 2011: Bus on shoulder. A Pace bus uses a bus-on-the-shoulder inner lane on the Stevenson Expressway -I-55- in 2011. That program and other bus rapid transit options are being considered for the whole Chicago area) 
Chicago, ILL,USA -The Chicago Tribune, by Richard Wronski -21 Jan 2015: -- A wide-ranging network of suburban bus routes could transform the way people commute and shop, connecting people to job centers in Naperville, Elgin and Elk Grove Village, according to an ambitious $2.3 billion plan shared by Pace on Tuesday... By example: Express buses with high-tech amenities would take riders from the south suburbs to O'Hare International Airport... And buses would travel on the shoulder of the Jane Addams and Edens expressways, bypassing car traffic... These bus routes, and dozens of others like them, could provide new public transit options for thousands of riders in scores of communities in the six-county area... By way of comparison, the network would serve the entire six-county area, whereas the once-hoped-for STAR Line would have primarily served only the northwest and far west suburbs. That suburb-to-suburb rail link, with an estimated cost of at least $1 billion, has been essentially discarded due to lack of funding... Steve Schlickman, executive director of the University of Illinois at Chicago's Urban Transportation Center, lauded Pace's effort in going after the federal program, despite the scarcity of federal funding likely to result...

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