Pace sees no fare increase
From Staff Reports December 13, 2012 4:12PM
It looks like funding is in place to keep Pace bus route 714 from Naperville through Wheaton to College of DuPage running. | Sun file photo
Updated: January 15, 2013 6:15AM
WHEATON — Pace apparently is keeping pace. Tom Marcucci, who represents DuPage County on the Pace board of directors, told county board member this week the bus system is alive and well in the suburbs.
Pace has a $208 million budget that calls for no increases at the fare box. The sum anticipates 30 percent of its revenue from rider fares, Marcucci said, adding that it represents a much lower ratio than the income used to support the Metra train system.
“That means $148 million is basically government support,” he said, referring to federal grants and tax revenue distinguished by retail sales tax receipts that have been “over-performing” in the past year.
The Pace van pools that serve specific neighborhoods now number 756, and are at an “all-time high,” Marcucci said. The coming year’s $111 million capital program includes new vehicles for that program, in addition to vans accessible to people with disabilities.
Marcucci acknowledged that the federally mandated service for riders who have physical challenges is not profitable for Pace, but said that is valuable from a societal perspective.