Agency intends to focus efforts on resuming normal service Thursday morning
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill., Feb. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Officials at Pace have decided to suspend all bus service at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Impassable roadways, coupled with forecasts for increasingly icy conditions on roads caused by rapidly dropping temperatures necessitated the decision.
"We're concerned for the safety of our passengers, our bus operators, and other drivers on the roads," said Pace Executive Director T.J. Ross. "Conditions have allowed us to operate only a small percentage of our service today, and it's our hope that not having our vehicles on the road may ease snow removal efforts throughout the region."
At various times on Wednesday, Pace was operating as many as roughly 55 of its approximately 200 bus routes where conditions permitted. Ridership had been extremely low on the routes that were operating as it was evident that most people heeded the advice of emergency management officials to avoid all travel. Worsening conditions led to the temporary suspension of seven of those 50 routes that were operating. Travel bans continued throughout the day in Lake, McHenry and Will counties and other areas.
Pace will continue to provide updates to passengers via its website at www.pacebus.com or by phoning Pace Customer Relations at (847) 364-7223. If anyone is stranded by the suspension of service, they should contact Pace Customer Relations and the agency will do its best to provide accommodations.
SOURCE Pace Suburban Bus Service