Regional Transportation Authority Suburban Bus Division

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Pace is the operating name for the suburban bus division of the Regional Transportation Authority in the Chicago metropolitan area. It was created in 1983 by the RTA Act. Pace serves Cook, Lake, Will, Kane, McHenry and DuPage Counties. Some of Pace's buses also go into Chicago and Indiana.

History

Divisions

  • Fox Valley (400 S. Overland Dr., North Aurora, IL)
  • Heritage (9 Osgood St., Joliet, IL)
  • McHenry Paratransit Facility (5007 Prime Pkwy.)
  • North (1400 W. 10th St., Waukegan, IL)
  • North Shore (2330 Oakton St., Evanston, IL)
  • Northwest (900 E. Northwest Hwy., Des Plaines, IL)
  • River (975 S. State St., South Elgin, IL)
  • South (2101 W. 163rd Pl., Markham, IL)
  • South Holland Acceptance Facility (405 W. Taft Dr., South Holland, IL)
  • Southwest (9889 S. Industrial Dr., Bridgeview, IL)
  • West (3500 W. Lake St., Melrose Park, IL)

Conventional Roster

Current

Fleet
number(s)
Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
2600-2612, 2614-2702 Pace 2602-a.jpg 2006 ElDorado National EZ Rider II MAX 30' Cummins ISB Allison B300R
2703-2712, 2714-2741 2007 ElDorado National EZ Rider II MAX 30' Cummins ISB Allison B300R
2742-2766 2009 ElDorado National EZ Rider II MAX 30' Cummins ISB Allison B300R
  • 2766 was displayed at the 2009 BusCon and features an EPA 2010 engine.[1]
2767-2812, 2814-2825 Pace 2767-a.jpg 2010 ElDorado National EZ Rider II MAX 30' Cummins ISB Allison B300R
  • 2767 displayed at the 2010 OTE Expo.
2826-2829 2011 ElDorado National EZ Rider II BRT 32' Navistar International MaxxForce 9[2] Allison B400R [3]
2830-2831 2012 Orion Orion VII EPA10 HEV
(07.503)
Cummins ISB6.7 BAE Systems HybriDrive hybrid system
6162-6233 Pace 6202-a.jpg 2002 NABI 40-LFW
(040.28)
Detroit Diesel Series 50 EGR Allison B400R
6234-6261 Pace 6241-a.jpg 2003 NABI 40-LFW
(040.28)
Detroit Diesel Series 50 EGR Allison B400R
6262-6312, 6314-6322 Pace 6291-a.jpg 2005 NABI 40-LFW
(040.28)
Detroit Diesel Series 50 EGR Allison B400R
6323-6376 2012-2013 ElDorado National Axess BRT Cummins ISL9 Allison B400R
6377-6391 2013 ElDorado National Axess BRT Cummins ISL9 Allison B400R
  • Suburban configuration; (no rear door, high back seats).
6392-6400 2013 ElDorado National Axess BRT Cummins ISL9 Allison B400R
  • 2014 models.
6401-6412, 6414-6437 2014 ElDorado National Axess BRT Cummins ISL9 Allison B400R
  • 2014 models.
6438-6484 2015 ElDorado National Axess BRT Cummins ISL9 Allison B400R
  • 2015 models.
6485-6575 2016 ElDorado National Axess BRT Cummins ISL9 Allison B400R
6600-6612, 6614-6655 Pace 6634-a.jpg 2002 NABI 35-LFW
6656-6684 Pace 6656-a.jpg 2003 NABI 35-LFW
6950-6962 2013 MCI D4000CT
  • 13 coaches with an option for 37 more.[4]
6963-6971 2015 MCI D4000CT
  • 6963-6971 have the new headlight design.
15500 2014 ElDorado National Axess BRT CNG Cummins Westport ISL G Allison B400R
  • Delivered in late 2014.
15501-15512, 15514-15520 2015 ElDorado National Axess BRT CNG Cummins Westport ISL G Allison B400R
  • Delivered in late 2015.

Retired

Fleet
number(s)
Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
0001-0005 Renumbered 1951-1955
1-7 Pace 7-a.jpg 2000 Chance Coach AH-25 Cummins ISB Allison B300R
100-104 1974 GMC T6H-4523A Ex-Joliet MTD
146-165 1975 GMC T8H-5307A
200-213 1975 Flxible 35096-6-1 Ex-Joliet MTD
401-474 North Suburban Mass Transit District 460-a.jpg 1975 GMC T8H-5307A
  • Ex-NORTRAN
  • 467 wrecked and scrapped early on.
  • Most but not all repainted into Pace colors.
594-599 1966 GMC TDH-5303
600-611 1967 GMC TDH-5303
  • Owned by Chicago South Suburban Mass Transit District.
  • Leased to South Suburban Safeway Lines, later RTA/Pace.
  • 603 repainted into Pace colors.
701-755 1973 GMC T8H-5307A
  • Owned by Chicago South Suburban Mass Transit District.
  • Leased to South Suburban Safeway Lines, later RTA/Pace.
  • 702 wrecked and scrapped early on.
  • 701, 706-708, 711-712, 714-721, 723-729, 731-732, 734, 736-744, 746-749, 753-755 were rebuilt, the remainder were scrapped.
  • 717 wrecked soon after rebuilding.
  • 702, 706-707, 711-712, 714-718, 720-721, 723-726, 728-729, 731-732, 736, 738-744, 746-747, 753-755 were sold to the CTA.
757, 760-761 1951 GMC TDH-4509
  • Ex-West Towns Bus Company, only kept on the roster by West Towns to "pad the valuation".
  • Last used around 1979 when several were loaned (in very bad condition) to Michigan City Municipal Coach.
  • Immediately scrapped by RTA/Pace in 1982.
761-766 1976 Flxible 35096-6-1
  • Owned by NORTRAN
  • Leased to Wilbus
  • Later at Waukegan.
  • Later to PACE ownership
  • Moved to Highland Park.
763,
765-767,
769-777,
780-782
1949 GMC TDH-4509
  • Ex-West Towns Bus Company, only kept on the roster by West Towns to "pad the valuation".
  • Last used around 1979 when several were loaned (in very bad condition) to Michigan City Municipal Coach.
  • Immediately scrapped by RTA/Pace in 1982 except for 771 which was kept as a relic.
801-810 1960 GMC TDH-4517
  • Ex-West Towns Bus Company
  • 807 wrecked and scrapped early on.
  • 801-806, 810 were repainted.
  • 808-809 had full rebuilds.
811-832 1961 GMC TDH-4517
  • Ex-West Towns Bus Company
  • 815, 821, 827 were repainted.
  • 811-814, 816-817, 819-820, 822-826, 828-832 had full rebuilds.
836-850 1962 GMC TDH-4517 Ex-West Towns Bus Company
851-875 1964 GMC TDH-4519 Ex-West Towns Bus Company
876-880 1965 GMC TDH-4519 Ex-West Towns Bus Company
881-890 1967 GMC TDH-4519
901-903 1976 Mercedes-Benz O309D For Bensenville service.
1040-1043 1974 GMC T6H-4523A Ex-Elgin DOT
1051-1053 1968 GMC TGH-3502 Ex-Elgin DOT
1061-1067 1973 Highway Products TC-31 Ex-Elgin DOT
1901-1908 1984 Chance Coach RT-50 For Niles service.
1911 1980 Chance Coach RT-50
  • Ex-?; bought in 1991.
  • Serial - 80-7079.
  • For Niles service.
1920-1937 Pace 1926-a.jpg 1994 Chance Coach RT-52
1951-1955 2008 IC Bus

Eldorado National

Aero Elite 32'
  • Formerly 0001-0005.
  • Were used on the Village Of Downers Grove service previously
2000-2012,
2014-2084
1990 BIA Orion I
(01.507)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HT-748 2044 & 2030 to CyRide 983-984.
2085-2112,
2114-2129
Pace 2127-a.jpg 1990 BIA Orion I
(01.508)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA 2085, 2088, 2091, 2096, 2099, 2101, 2103, 2114, 2119, 2129 and 3 other units sold to Chicago Transit Authority 4922, 4915, 4916, 4920, 4919, 4918, 4917, 4921, 4923, 4924, ?, ?, ? in 2005.
2200-2212,
2214-2271
Pace 2201-a.jpg 1991 Ikarus USA 416.05 Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HTB-748
2272-2291 1992-1993 BIA Orion I
(01.507)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HTB-748
2292-2312,
2314-2377
Pace 2354-a.jpg 1993 BIA Orion I
(01.508)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HTB-748
2378 7/1993 BIA Orion I
(01.507)
Was a replacement for 8800.
2379-2400 Pace 2385-a.jpg 1995 Nova Bus Classic
(TC40-102A)
Detroit Diesel Series 50 Allison B400R
2401-2412,
2414-2422,
2453
Pace 2412-a.jpg 1998 NABI 40-LFW
(040.04)
2453 was possibly a demo?
2423-2452 1999 NABI 35-LFW
(035.02)
2500-2512,
2514-2532
1996 Eldorado National Transmark RE
2533-2556 Pace 2541-a.jpg 1997 Eldorado National Transmark RE
6000-6012, 6014-6088 Pace 6051-a.jpg 2000 OBI Orion VI
(06.501)
Detroit Diesel Series 50 Allison B400R
  • Retired in January 2018
6089-6112, 6114-6155 Pace 6151-a.jpg 2001 OBI Orion VI
(06.501)
Detroit Diesel Series 50 Allison B400R
  • Retired in January 2018
6156-6161 2004 OBI Orion VI
(06.501)
Detroit Diesel Series 50 EGR Allison B400R
  • Delivery delayed for almost 2 years (originally ordered in 2002) while penalty issues were settled.
  • Retired in December 2017
6900-6907 2002 MCI D4000 Detroit Diesel Series 60 Allison B500
6910-6912,
6914-6919
1997-2000 MCI 102-DL3
  • Leased from Hausman in 2013-2014.
6920-6922 2009 MCI D4505
  • Leased from Hausman in 2013-2014.
6923 2007 MCI J4500
  • Leased from Hausman in 2013-2014.
7150-7169 1983 Carpenter CBW-300
  • CTA 150-169; leased in 1986.
  • All returned, some were later leased out for paratransit service, several became work buses.
8000-8155 Pace 8006-a.jpg 1976 GMC T6H-4523A Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison 8100 & 8113 to CyRide 928-929.
8201-8300 1979 Grumman Flxible 870
(53102-8-1)
Detroit Diesel 8V71N Allison V730 8213 was hit by a dump truck and scrapped.
8301-8405 1979 Grumman Flxible 870
(53096-8-1)
Detroit Diesel 8V71N Allison V730
8406 1984 Flxible Metro "A"
(40102-6T)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V730
  • Ex-Demonstrator acquired in 1985.
  • Was a replacement for 8213.
8600-8619 1986 Gillig Phantom 35' Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HTB-748
8625 1987 Boyertown TVB-360 Trolley replica used in Joliet.
8700-8800 1988 BIA Orion I
(01.508)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HT-748
  • 8723 is preserved by a private owner.
  • 8770, 8790 & 8761 to CyRide 980-982.
  • 8800 was destroyed (power lines fell on the bus causing a fire) and scrapped.
8801-8812,
8814-8872
Monroe Bus Company 8866-a.jpg 1989 BIA Orion I
(01.508)
8873-8912,
8914-8923
1990 BIA Orion I
(01.508)

On order

Fleet
number(s)
Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes

Demonstrators

Fleet
number(s)
Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
2010 2010 Eldorado National Axess BRT Demo unit, returned to manufacturer

Paratransit Roster

Current

Fleet
number(s)
Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
5130-5212, 5214-5275 2008 Ford

ElDorado National

Aerotech
5276-5312, 5314-5347 2009 Ford

ElDorado National

Aerotech
5348-5412, 5414-5499 2010 Ford

ElDorado National

Aerotech
5700-5712, 5714-5726 2008 Ford

ElDorado National

Aerolite
5727-5746 2010 Ford

ElDorado National

Aerolite
5981-5999 2010 Ford

ElDorado National

Aerotech
14001-14121 2013 Ford

ElDorado National

E450

Aerotech

14122-14157 2014 Ford

ElDorado National

E450

Aerotech

14200 2013 Ford

ElDorado National

E350

Aerolite

14201-14297 2014 Ford

ElDorado National

E350

Aerolite

Retired

Fleet
number(s)
Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
4000-4012, 4014-4070 1989 Ford

Champion

Challenger
4100-4140 1990-91 Ford

Goshen

GC II
4142-4186 1996 Ford

ElDorado National

Aerolite 95
4200-4212, 4214-4311 1990 Ford

ElDorado National

Aerotech 220
4314-4387 1995 Ford

ElDorado National

Aerolite 95
4390-4412, 4414-4420 1995 Ford

ElDorado National

Aerotech 220
4422-4491 1996 Ford

ElDorado National

Aerotech 220
4501-4537 1989 Ford

Braun

Van
4600-4658 1990-91 Ford

Braun

Van
4659-4675 1993 Ford

Braun

Van
5000-5012, 5014-5085 2000-01 Chevrolet

ElDorado National

Aerolite 5085 delivered as 5013.
5086-5103 2002 Chevrolet

ElDorado National

Aerolite
5104-5112, 5114-5119 2003 Ford

ElDorado National

Aerolite
5120-5127 2004 Ford

ElDorado National

Aerolite
5500-5512, 5514-5590 2000-01 Ford

ElDorado National

Aerotech 5590 delivered as 5513.
5591-5607 2002 Ford

ElDorado National

Aerotech
5608-5612, 5614-5623 2003 Ford

ElDorado National

Aerotech
5624-5644 2004 Ford

ElDorado National

Aerotech
5800-5812, 5814-5831 2000-01 Ford

ElDorado National

Aerotech
5832-5860 2002 Ford

ElDorado National

Aerotech
5861-5876 2003 Ford

ElDorado National

Aerotech
7001-7020 1988-89 Ford

Goshen

GC II Originally owned by Village of Oakbrook Center.
8410 1986 Ford

Champion

Challenger
8411-8458 1979 GMC

Superior

TL700
8460-8540 1983 Ford

Fortibus

8542-8543, 8548,
8550-8599
1986 Ford

Champion

Challenger
8620-8624 5/1987 OBI Orion II 02.501
8626-8634 1988 Ford

Braun

Van
11101-11110 2010 Ford

Startrans

Senator Hybrid

References

  1. Plachno, Larry (November 2009). BusCon 2009 in Chicago. National Bus Trader (Polo). Retrieved on 11 September 2012.
  2. ElDorado National now offering MaxxForce engines, metro-magazine.com, retrieved on 2011-10-23
  3. March Pace Board meeting minutes, pacebus.com, retrieved on 2011-10-23
  4. MCI delivers to Ill., Pa., Texas, www.metro-magazine.com, retrieved on 2013-06-02

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