Pace Awarded CMAP Regional Resilience Award For Project Zero

Shown, left to right, are Pace Executive Director Melinda Metzger and CMAP Executive Director Erin Aleman.

Pace Suburban Bus (Arlington Heights, IL) was recently honored with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) Regional Resilience Award for Pace’s Project Zero initiative. CMAP Executive Director Erin Aleman presented the award to Pace at the agency’s April 2023 Board of Directors meeting. Project Zero is Pace’s commitment to operating a zero-emission fleet by 2040.

Project Zero was a major step forward that we all took together,” Pace Executive Director Melinda Metzger said. “Pace’s North Division in Waukegan (IL) will be the first garage to be converted to a fully electric fleet. This decision was based on environmental concerns and our ongoing work to create an innovative, equitable, and efficient transportation network for those we serve. Electrification will make an impact in the Waukegan area where a high percentage of riders are low-income, minorities, or from otherwise underserved groups.”

Project Zero began with the delivery of Pace’s first electric bus in 2022 and the completion of the agency’s fleet transition plan. Twenty more buses are scheduled for delivery later this year as Pace develops its facility transition plan and begins work on a network revitalization plan. Visit

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