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Pace bus riders will see modified schedules routes all around county under set service changes set go ineffect Dec. 22.

Pace bus riders will see modified schedules and routes all around the county under a set of service changes set to go into effect on Dec. 22. | File

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Updated: January 14, 2014 12:54PM

Pace bus riders will see modified schedules and routes all around the county and will have to board only at designated stops in downtown Waukegan under a set of service changes set to go into effect on Dec. 22.

Officials with the suburban transit agency plan to distribute printed notices of the Lake County Restructuring Initiative on affected bus routes as part of an effort that began with public hearings over the summer.

“We have personnel that are handing out the schedules, so the distribution is already underway out on the street,” Pace spokesman Patrick Wilmot said on Thursday, Dec. 12. “When we put in service changes of this type of scale, we like to have staff out at some of the key transfer points not only to distribute information but just to answer questions.”

According to information released this week detailing the changes, several of the schedule and route changes were designed to improve schedules that have “been plagued by rail crossings and an overall increase in traffic on the county’s roads” since most of them were drawn up in the 1970s.

“Improving on-time performance and service reliability is critical to attracting and retaining riders,” Pace Chairman Richard Kwasneski said in a statement released on Wednesday, Dec. 11. “We worked with riders and other stakeholders to build a plan that will improve on-time performance, ease connections between bus routes and increase service on corridors with heavy demand.”

The affected routes and service areas, which can be seen in more detail at, include:

• Route 572, which currently operates between Waukegan and the College of Lake County’s Grayslake campus and includes a southern leg to Westfield Hawthorn Mall in Vernon Hills, will no longer operate south of CLC and will now be known as the Washington Street route. A new Route 574 will continue to run between CLC and Hawthorn Mall.

• Route 565, which currently runs between Waukegan and Gurnee Mills along Grand Avenue, will be extended to CLC and will feature both more frequent service and more evening operation.

• Route 570, which currently runs between Fox Lake and Gurnee Mills and passes through the Round Lake communities and Grayslake, will no longer operate between CLC and Gurnee Mills.

• Route 569 on Lewis Avenue between Yorkhouse Road in Waukegan and the Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago will have its frequency reduced from every 30 minutes to every 60 minutes.

• Routes with general schedule changes include 272 on Milwaukee Avenue between Hawthorn Mall and Golf Mill in Niles; 561 from downtown Waukegan to the Castlecrest subdivision on McAree Road; and 562 between Waukegan High School’s Washington Campus and the Gurnee Industrial Park along Sunset Avenue.

• Routes with both schedule changes and “minor routing changes” include 563 between downtown Waukegan and the Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago; 564 on Waukegan’s south side; and 568 on Belvidere Road between downtown Waukegan and Fountain Square.

• Routes 565, 571 and 572, all of which have an eastern terminus on Sheridan Road north of Washington Street in Waukegan, will now run to the Waukegan Metra station.

• On all lines operating in Waukegan, riders will only be able to board and exit a bus at posted stops south of Grand Avenue, north of Belvidere Road and west of West Avenue. Flag-stops at any intersection will still be allowed elsewhere in the city.

Wilmot said more service changes are scheduled to be implemented during a second restructuring phase in March. He added that while those alterations will also be based in part on input fielded last summer, nothing specific is set for release at this point.

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