Pace named Chicago Area Clean Cities Clean Fuels Champion

February 12, 2019. Pace Suburban Bus has been named Clean Fuels Champion by Chicago Area Clean Cities (CACC), a nonprofit coalition dedicated to promoting clean-vehicles and clean-air solutions for transportation in the Chicago area impacting nearly nine million people.

   Pace provides public transit services to the residents of 284 municipalities in Cook, Will, DuPage, Kane, Lake, and McHenry counties, covering nearly 3,500 square miles and serving several tens of thousands of daily riders.

   In 2018, Pace completed a compressed natural gas (CNG) station and facility build out to support their recent deployment of 91 CNG buses operating out of their South Division in Markham, Illinois. Of the 63 public transit agencies in Illinois, Pace is now one of only three to utilize CNG buses, timing the purchases to replace an aging fleet of diesel buses.

   “We’re thrilled to be recognized as a Clean Fuels Champion by Chicago Area Clean Cities,” said Pace Chairman Rick Kwasneski. “Our new fleet of clean, low emissions CNG buses reduces air pollution without sacrificing performance. Our drivers and our customers love them.”

   “This is a part of Pace’s vision of being a good steward of our environment,” Kwasneski said. “We also recently launched a fleet of buses that use ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel to reduce emissions. Combined with our fleet of CNG vehicles, we’re making our buses greener and improving air quality throughout the Chicagoland area.”

   The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA), the financial and oversight body for the three transit agencies in northeastern Illinois; the Chicago Transit Authority, Metra, and Pace, teamed up with the Illinois Department of Transportation and Pace to help arrange $49 million in capital funding to allow Pace to purchase the new CNG buses. The CNG buses are anticipated to save $1.5 million per year in fuel and maintenance costs versus their diesel predecessors. In 2019, Pace is adding at least six new CNG buses.

   “Pace’s use of alternative fuels to reduce emissions in their fleet of transit buses is to be commended,” said John W. Walton, chair of the Chicago Area Clean Cities Coalition. “Their use of CNG to power buses is an example of a long term cost-effective solution for improving air quality and reducing harmful vehicle emissions. It’s a pleasure to honor the Pace team with this award.”

   At the awards ceremony, CACC also named its Green Fleet Leadership Award winners. Those awarded include: ComEd, Chicago Park District, City of Chicago, Village of Downers Grove, Waste Management, Nicor Gas, Schwan’s, Chicago Transit Authority, and United Parcel Service. Each organization was recognized for its successful use of vehicles with alternative fuels and clean-vehicle technologies.