Pace and Plainfield officials participated in a groundbreaking to mark the start of construction of a new Plainfield Park-n-Ride last Friday.
This new lot is set to open in summer 2018. An original Park-n-Ride opened in late 2009 in the Plainfield Village Hall parking lot.
Before Pace launched the Bus on Shoulder program in 2011, only an average of four cars parked in the lot. Now commuters fill the lot and park up to a mile away from the bus stop, according to a news release from Pace.
Pace entered into a partnership with Larry’s Diner to use 75 spaces in their parking lot in March of 2016. The lot was full by 6 a.m. its opening day.
Ridership has grown almost 600 percent since the start of the Bus on Shoulder program and it’s projected to continue to grow.
“The demand for this park-n-ride is the result of a community believing in public transportation,” said Pace Chairman Richard Kwasneski in the press release. “We are grateful for Plainfield’s partnership as we work to improve access to employment throughout the region.”
Parking in the new lot will be free. The one-way trip fare for Pace’s Express Service is $4.
“The village is very excited for the opening of the Plainfield Park-n-Ride next year,” said Plainfield Mayor Michael Collins in the press release. “We truly appreciate Pace’s continued commitment to Plainfield, they provide a tremendous service to our residents, and we look forward to our continued partnership as the service grows.”
Visit PaceBus.com for more information.