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Pace Updates Transit Supportive Guidelines, Offers FREE Design Review

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An effective public transit system provides an accessible, efficient, safe, and comfortable trip for commuters.  Pace’s recently updated Transit Supportive Guidelines present development principles and standards that assist municipalities, designers, and engineers with eliminating barriers to transit access – real or perceived – and make public transportation a viable or preferred alternative.

The goal of the Transit Supportive Guidelines is to foster reliable, efficient, convenient, and accessible transit in communities throughout the Chicago region that are served by Pace. By shaping the built environment to support all modes of movement – from the transit vehicle itself to pedestrians walking down the street or to the front door of their destination – a more effective regional transit service can enhance the quality of life for all citizens.

As part of the Transit Supportive Guidelines initiative, Pace offers complementary, in-house, technical review of development plans under its Design Review Assistance For Transit (D.R.A.F.T.) program. These reviews are conducted by Pace’s Transportation Engineer and are designed to promote the incorporation of public transportation features in suburban developments.

If you have a development project that could impact existing bus services or benefit from better coordination with Pace, you can download a D.R.A.F.T. program application at or contact the Pace Transportation Engineer by emailing The Engineer is in charge of administering the D.R.A.F.T. program and coordinating with other Pace staff as needed to properly assess the impacts of a development project.

Download the guidelines and watch the “Design Guidelines for Transit Supportive Communities” webinar at

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