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Study Description

This project evaluated and recommended improvements to bus service in McHenry County as part of the County Long-Range Transportation Planning efforts. Through this study, services were examined and effective strategies and improved coordination opportunities were identified. Short term and long term service options were recommended.

Program:Community Planning
Program Year:2011
Project Type(s):Transit Improvement Plan
Grantee:McHenry County
Current Activities:This project is complete and implementation activities are underway. Pace has implemented the fixed route service recommendations. These recommendations include: 1. A restructure of Route 806 to service Route 31 and the heavily utilized activity generators such as big box retail stores, a senior center, and a social service center serving families. 2. A restructure of Route 807 to discontinue the loop around Wonder Lake (resulting in a 20 minute travel time reduction) and simplify routing in downtown McHenry. And, 3. A restructure of Route 808 to discontinue deviations.

These resulting improvements have allowed ridership to remain steady, while providing cost savings to Pace. Ridership on the County┐s MC Ride service continues to grow in both service area (added Village of Lakewood and Nunda Township) and ridership (reaching 90,000 trips). Additionally, Pace is investigating a fixed bus route on the north portion on Randall Road, as recommended in the plan.
Information Updated:January 2017
Study Documents
McHenry County Services Restructuring Existing Conditions Report (January, 2012)
McHenry County Services Restructuring Fixed Route Service Demand Memo (June, 2012)
McHenry County Services Restructuring Service Recomendations and Implementation Report (June, 2013)
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Metra Stations:Cary (UP-NW) accessible
Crystal Lake (UP-NW) accessible
Fox River Grove (UP-NW)
Harvard (UP-NW) accessible
Pingree Road (UP-NW) accessible
Woodstock (UP-NW) accessible
Pace Bus Routes:806 Crystal Lake-Fox Lake accessible
807 Woodstock-McHenry accessible
808 Crystal Lake-Harvard accessible
Related Jurisdictions
Counties:Boone, Lake, McHenry
Municipalities:Algonquin, Barrington Hills, Bull Valley, Cary, Crystal Lake, Fox Lake, Fox River Grove, Greenwood, Harvard, Hebron, Holiday Hills, Huntley, Island Lake, Johnsburg, Lake in the Hills, Lakemoor, Lakewood, Marengo, McCullom Lake, McHenry, Oakwood Hills, Port Barrington, Prairie Grove, Richmond, Ringwood, Spring Grove, Trout Valley, Union, Wonder Lake, Woodstock
US Congressional Districts:10 Brad Schneider, 14 Lauren Underwood, 16 Adam Kinzinger , 6 Sean Casten
Illinois Senate Districts:26 Dan McConchie, 32 Craig Wilcox, 33 Donald P. DeWitte, 35 Dave Syverson
Illinois House Districts:52 David McSweeney, 63 Steven Reick, 64 Tom Weber, 65 Dan Ugaste, 66 Allen Skillicorn, 69 Joe Sosnowski, 70 Jeff Keicher
County Board Districts:Lake 1, Lake 17, Lake 5, McHenry 1, McHenry 2, McHenry 3, McHenry 4, McHenry 5, McHenry 6
Chicago Wards:none
Councils of Mayors:Lake, McHenry
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