Part of Pace's plan includes the addition of suburban expressway service similar to its Bus on Shoulders service (pictured).

Part of Pace's plan includes the addition of suburban expressway service similar to its Bus on Shoulders service (pictured).

CHICAGO — Pace unveiled an ambitious $2.3 billion plan for a network of suburban bus routes that would include arterial bus rapid transit (ART) and suburban expressway services, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Pace proposes the creation of 24 ART routes, which would operate in mixed traffic on regular roadways, on 655 miles of roads from McHenry to Will counties, while the suburban expressway service would be expanded on 11 highways, similar to Pace's Bus on Shoulders service on the Stevenson Expressway (I-55), according to the report.

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Pace submitted its plan to Congress for a program called Projects of National and Regional Significance, in order to tap a larger pool of federal funding that would normally be available for mass transit projects and get the network built much faster, officials said.

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