Take a look at these minutes from the McHenry County Board’s Transportation Committee.
The recommended resolution regarding Pace bus service was approved at the last Board meeting.
Of interest is the large subsidy for each person who uses the service–$15 per trip.
Resolution Authorizing an Intergovernmental Agreement Between the County of McHenry and Pace Suburban Bus for MCRide Dial-A-Ride Transit Services in 2015
For consideration was an intergovernmental agreement between McHenry County and Pace, the Suburban Bus Division of the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA), for FY 2015.
MCRide is a coordinated dial-a-ride transit program currently funded by Pace, McHenry County, the cities of Crystal Lake, McHenry and Woodstock, the Village of Lakewood, the townships of Dorr, Greenwood and Nunda Township, a McHenry County Senior Services Grant, and a Section 5310 Federal grant.
The MCRide program has enabled intercommunity travel throughout the partner municipalities and townships, and has created a uniform fare structure and trip reservation process.
In an effort to further coordinate transit services in McHenry County, additional municipal and township partners are planned to be added to the MCRide service in 2015.
These new partners include the cities of Harvard and Marengo, the villages of Huntley, Johnsburg and Ringwood, and the townships of Grafton and Marengo.
Further coordination of transit services is consistent with recommendations made in the McHenry County 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan and the McHenry County Strategic Plan.
As the MCRide program has expanded to include additional partnering county agencies, the program has become more efficient.
Since the MCRide program began in February of 2012, the cost per trip has been reduced from almost $18.00 per trip to roughly $15.00 per trip.
During this same time, the ridership has grown from approximately 7,000 to 8,900 per month.
Each month, the County will be invoiced by Pace for MCRide services.
The municipalities and townships will be required to pay monthly invoices.
Monthly payments will be made to Pace based on the hours of service provided, less Pace subsidy of forty-nine and seven tenths of one percent (49.7%) of the project operating deficit, not to exceed $1,195,150.00 annually.
The RTA and County Senior Grant Commission will be responsible for reimbursements.