Durbin, Duckworth Announce $850,000 For Pace Suburban Bus Service

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today announced $850,464 in federal funding awarded to Pace Suburban Bus Division of the Regional Transportation Authority to support its I-90 Express Bus Service. The funding comes from the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program.

“Investing in our public transportation infrastructure helps create jobs and improves the safety and efficiency of travel for Illinoisans,” Durbin said. “This federal funding will help bolster Pace’s service, which thousands of suburban riders rely on every day.  Senator Duckworth and I will continue working to bring these federal investments to Illinois.”

“Public transit is a critical component of Illinois’s dynamic transportation system and a cornerstone of the regional economy,” said Duckworth. “Today’s funding will help make sure suburban Chicago residents have reliable and safe transportation options to get them where they need to go. I will continue working with Senator Durbin to secure federal resources for projects like these and other critical infrastructure projects across our state.”

“Pace is thrilled about the award of this FTA grant and we’re grateful for Senators Durbin and Duckworth’s support,” said Pace Chairman Rick Kwasneski. “Pace’s I-90 Express Bus service improves access to employment throughout the northwest corridor and will continue to be a critical service as our region recovers from COVID-19.”

The $850,464 FTA Buses and Bus Facilities Grant awarded to Pace Suburban Bus provides funding for lease costs of Pace’s East Dundee bus facility, an approximately 40,000 sq. foot bus garage that houses 29 buses and supports Pace's I-90 Express Bus service along approximately 30 miles of the I-90 Tollway corridor; from Elgin on the west to Rosemont on the east.