Pace Board Approves 2019 Budget at Executive Director T.J. Ross's Last Board Meeting
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL - Pace's Board of Directors approved the agency's proposed 2019 budget
during Executive Director Thomas (T.J.) Ross's 237th, and last, board meeting on Wednesday, November
14, 2018. The budget includes $1.7 million in service enhancements, including the Pulse Milwaukee
Line. The budget also includes the reduction or elimination of service on 12 routes, down from the
14 services that were originally proposed. The eliminations of the Round Lake Area Call-n-Ride and
Route 681 Lincoln Park - Naperville Metra were included in the original proposal, but removed based
on community input. "Staff received a significant number of comments about the two services removed
from the proposal," said Pace Chairman Rick Kwasneski. "Communities rallied behind these services
and offered to partner with Pace to find solutions to increase ridership and, hopefully, save them.
We're open to their ideas and will reevaluate the services in a year." The final budget proposal
will be presented to the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) for approval next month and is
The Pace Board of Directors also took time to express their gratitude for T.J. Ross's years of
service. Board members spoke of his accomplishments, which include the agency's largest service
expansion with the I-90 Market Expansion project, the conversion of Pace's South Division to
Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling, the transfer of Chicago ADA Paratransit Service from the CTA
to Pace, and the launch of Pace's successful Bus on Shoulder program. Ross will retire at the end of
November after 20 years of service to the agency. Pace Deputy Executive Director Rocky Donahue has
been named Acting Executive Director and will assume his new role when Ross departs.
Officials Celebrate Pace's New Clean Diesel Fleet
Local, county and state officials gathered in Waukegan last week to celebrate Pace's new fleet of clean diesel buses operating
out of Pace North Division. Clean diesel is highly refined to improve efficiency and reduce harmful emissions. These vehicles use
ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) that immediately cuts soot emissions from vehicles by 10 percent. Former Hainesville Mayor Linda
Soto, who represents Lake County on Pace's Board of Directors, said, "These buses are very quiet, which contributes to the quality
of life for those who live and work near bus routes. And, there's no black diesel smoke. That contributes to quality of life for all of us.
Officials Celebrate new Pace Route 754 Lewis University
- CTA Blue Line Clinton Station
Officials from Pace Bus, Lewis University, Romeoville,
and Will County gathered yesterday to celebrate the launch
of Pace's new service,
754 Lewis University - CTA Blue Line Clinton Station.
The free services uses coach buses with onboard Wi-Fi
to take Lewis University students and staff traveling from
Chicago, a morning trip takes passengers from the CTA Blue
Line Clinton Station to the school and a return trip brings
them back in the mid-afternoon.