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Monday, November 14, 2011

Should Pace Bus on Shoulder Program Be Tested on I-88 and I-290 Eisenhower Expressway from Aurora to Chicago?




The pilot program for Pace's "Bus on Shoulder" has started on I-55 between Plainfield and Chicago.

Legislation was passed to authorize commuter buses to use the inside lane to bypass slow traffic and shoulders were prepared.

The buses, which have wi-fi, for passengers, are intended to encourage an alternate to driving.

Given high gas prices, massive toll increases, train fare increases, along with the massive parking fees in downtown Chicago, it's becoming more expensive to commute to downtown Chicago from far suburbs like Aurora and Naperville.

Should the bus on the shoulder program be tested on I-88 and I-290 Eisenhower Expressway?  If so, where should be the primary west suburban site be?  Aurora, Naperville...on Rt. 59?

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yes, definitely! They should even consider making it free to use this for the first year to get people into the habit of taking these express buses.

Anonymous said...

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Do not know about the safety issue.

Seems like a good first effort to bring mass transportation to the area.

Why couldn't there be legislation to force traffic to move to slower lane (not pull over) when a bus approaches, similar to when an emergency vehicle needs to pass

I think they should rethink the process.

Anonymous said...

Sure why not. But i don't make it free. Thats just stupid.

Anonymous said...

Where are all these new riders going to park? There is a 3 year wait in Aurora and a 10 year wait at rte 59 as it is.

Ralph said...

LETS TRY IT TO SEE IF THERE IS ANY ADVANTAGE i DO NOT WORK IN CHICAGO BUT WOULD LIKE THE PEOPLE WHO DO.

TRY IT, THE FARE WILL AND RIDERS WILL DETERMINE IF IT WORKS

Anonymous said...

Damn, I now I have to compete with these buses on the inside shoulder lane where I always drive.

Anonymous said...

Buses, if they are frequent, could be a solution if they can cut through traffic. Metra is too expensive, infrequent and doesn't connect with the CTA.

I like the idea and it's worth trying.