New Pace Bus Service Between Chicago And Lewis University

The Village of Romeoville held a ribbon cutting for the new route Tuesday with officials from Pace Bus, Lewis University and Will County.

WILL COUNTY, IL — Pace has announced the launch of a new bus service, Route 754 Lewis University - CTA Blue Line Clinton Station. Designed to accommodate Lewis University students and staff traveling from Chicago, a morning trip takes passengers from the CTA station to the school, and a return trip brings them back in the mid-afternoon.

"Pace’s vision for a safe, fast, and reliable public transportation network that provides affordable access to education and employment comes to life with services like Route 754," Pace Chairman Rick Kwasneski said in a statement. "Thanks to our partnership with Lewis University, we are able to launch this demonstration project, which takes advantage of vehicles already on the road on their way to and from other routes, at no cost to the students and employees who use it."

In February, Lewis University President David J. Livingston reached out to Pace to see if there was any way to get students and faculty from downtown Chicago to the University campus and back starting with the fall school year.

"Our 410-acre campus is only 35 miles from Chicago, but transportation can be a challenge for some students," Livingston said. "Route 754 improves access to everything Lewis University has to offer, including our high quality academic programs, impressive academic facilities and dedicated employees."

Route 754 provides one morning outbound trip and one afternoon inbound trip on weekdays only between the CTA Blue Line Clinton Station and Lewis University in Romeoville. The free fare route is operated using coach buses with free WiFi. The route is part of Pace’s Bus on Shoulder program and uses the highway’s inside shoulder to bypass congestion on I-55.

"This new service will make Lewis University more accessible to students who live in the city and make it easier for students on campus who want to explore the city," stated Mayor John Noak.

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Image courtesy of Village of Romeoville: The ribbon cutting for Pace Route 754 with Pace Executive Director T.J. Ross; Ericka Williams, Catholic Charities and the Pace Citizens Advisory Board; State Senator Pat McGuire; RTA Board Member J.D. Ross; Romeoville Mayor John Noak; Lewis University President Dr. David J. Livingston; Pace Chairman Rick Kwasneski; Will County Executive Larry Walsh; Bolingbrook Mayor and Pace Director Roger Claar; and Pace Deputy Executive Director Melinda Metzger.