Pace, Lake County, And Local Officials Celebrate Improved Access To Round Lake Area On Demand Service

Shown, left to right, are: Village of Grayslake Trustee Elizabeth Davies; Lake County Board Member Kevin Hunter; Lake County Board Member Adam Schlick; Pace Executive Director Melinda Metzger; Pace Board Member Linda Soto; Lake County Board Chair Sandy Hart; RTA Board Member Pat Carey; Lake County Board Member Esiah Campos; Village of Round Lake Beach Trustee Martha Ibarra; Village of Round Lake Beach Mayor Scott Nickles; Lake County Board Member John Wasik; and Pace Board Member Bill McLeod. Photo credit: Tammy Chatman, Lake County Chief Communications Officer.

Pace Bus (Arlington Heights, IL) recently hosted a ribbon cutting to celebrate the expansion of the Round Lake Area On Demand, a change that more than doubles the service area and adds more vehicles to the program, providing additional flexible weekday service to a larger portion of western Lake County.

“Pace On Demand is an innovative alternative to traditional bus service. It offers a reservation-based, shared-ride service in 10 designated service areas throughout the suburban region at the same low fare as our fixed route bus services ($2 with Ventra, $2.25 with cash),” according to a press release.

“This exciting program will increase access to opportunity, employment, education, and more for the people of Lake County,” Pace Director Linda Soto said. “It means increased accessibility, enhanced mobility, and stronger connections to transit services, businesses, and jobs in our area.”

Pace Executive Director Melinda Metzger added: “I’m proud of this service expansion and the tremendous work Pace has undertaken to enhance our family of services and create a strong network of access throughout our region, including the Round Lake area. Our growing On Demand services in northeastern Illinois truly reflect our commitment to finding innovative solutions that can help build a more comprehensive public transportation system for our region.”

The service continues to have timed transfers at the College of Lake County and operates weekdays between 6 a.m. and 6:15 p.m. Passengers can reserve a trip online at PaceBus.com/OnDemand or by calling 847-847-9169. Later in October, the new On Demand mobile app will debut, offering smartphone users the ability to book, view or cancel reservations.

On Demand service is wheelchair accessible and is open to the public. Pace On Demand accepts cash, Ventra, and Ventra transfers. The service honors the Reduced Fare Policy, and for those eligible customers, the fare is only $1. For more information, visit PaceBus.com/OnDemand.

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