Pace buses to drive I-55 shoulder in congestion

February 18, 2011 5:47:22 AM PST
Don't be surprised if you see Pace buses riding on the shoulder of a busy Chicago expressway later this year.

Pace buses are going to drive the shoulders of the Stevenson in a two-year test that begins sometime this fall.

When traffic is flowing, the buses will use the regular lanes. But when there is congestion, the buses will be allowed to use the shoulder and bypass stalled traffic.

If the demonstration project is successful, it may pave the way for expansion to other Chicago-area expressways.