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Vision 2020: The Blueprint for the Future

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Benefits of “Vision 2020”

Suburban transportation has lagged behind the shifts in population and employment throughout the region. Service enhancements are needed to address the growth and new travel patterns that have emerged in the past and will be prevalent in the future. Between 1970 and 1990, the region's population and employment grew by 4% and 21% respectively. Older communities experienced declines in population and jobs, while new suburban areas grew rapidly. The 2020 forecasts show renewed growth in the City of Chicago and many of the older suburbs. Substantial new suburban development will be sustained not by abandonment of mature areas but by area-wide expansion in which all parts of the region share.

Over the next 20 years, this plan will provide Pace with the strategy to reshape its system by using new technology and methods to meet market needs and demands. Vision 2020 is the blueprint for the future of suburban transit.

By providing time- and access-competitive transit services throughout Pace’s suburban service area, this plan is expected to substantially improve mobility for all segments of the suburban population, assist communities in their pursuit of improved quality of life, and promote regional smart growth goals.

In summary, the key reasons to implement Vision 2020 are to provide:

Customers

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    High level of suburban mobility

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    Pedestrian and bicycle facilities

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    Improved passenger facilities

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    Community based service

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    Greater Public Safety

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    Faster service

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    Improved service connections

Environment

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    Improved Air Quality

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    Livable communities

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    Reduced reliance on the automobile

March 2002

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