Pace receives ‘perfect score’ from federal review

The 565 Pace Bus on Grand Avenue and Route  21 in Gurnee. | Thomas Delany Jr.~Sun-Times Media
The 565 Pace Bus on Grand Avenue and Route 21 in Gurnee. | Thomas Delany Jr.~Sun-Times Media

Pace Suburban Bus is one of only a few agencies nationally to receive a perfect score during their federal review. The full press release is below:

Pace Suburban Bus received a flawless report from the Federal Transit Administration after the FTA performed its triennial review of the agency in late 2013 and early 2014. Reviews occur once every three years at all transit agencies receiving federal funds and involve an intensive look at operations, facilities, programs and management to review compliance and practices. The end result of “no deficiencies” is the highest score attainable and the reviewers noted during the closing session that Pace is one of just a few agencies nationally to receive the perfect score.

“The taxpayers of northeastern Illinois rightfully expect that Pace is held to high standards for safety, effectiveness and accountability, and the results of this review illustrate the pride we take in exceeding those expectations,” said Pace Chairman of the Board Richard Kwasneski. “We’re extremely proud of this achievement as it continues our strong record of clean audits and reviews whether they are independent or commissioned by the RTA or state or federal governments.”

The FTA began the review with a scoping meeting in September and wrapped up the process with a site visit at Pace facilities and contractor facilities in late January. The FTA and its auditors reviewed Pace’s compliance in 18 areas, including safety and security, drug and alcohol program, maintenance and the agency’s public input process. The review included an “enhanced” review of Pace’s compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, which also resulted in no deficiencies.

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