One Year Later: Barrington Road Park-n-Ride Station
A year after it opened, the innovative Barrington Road Park-n-Ride station is busier than ever as riders use it to hop on and off Pace express buses for convenient, reliable commutes along the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90).
Roads & Bridges magazine recently highlighted how redesigned Barrington Road Interchange on I-90 helped add new travel options to an existing high-speed road, thanks to cooperative efforts between the Illinois Tollway, Illinois Department of Transportation, Pace suburban bus and the Village of Hoffman Estates.
The project is the first in Illinois to add an in-line transit station to a roadway, providing direct access for Pace buses to I-90, creating faster, more seamless traveling for riders and offering a new model that may be adopted in other locations by transportation organizations.
From the article:
The Barrington Road Interchange demonstrates that the Tollway can adapt its system to accommodate other types of transit and provide more travel options for our customers,” said Illinois Tollway Executive Director José Alvarez. “Everyone benefits from these cooperative efforts, including our customers, the communities we serve, along with other stakeholders and transportation agencies that share our goal of relieving traffic congestion, improving travel connections across the region and encouraging economic development.
Transit agencies throughout the country will certainly be interested in a solution that successfully integrates their services into an expressway system,” Roads & Bridges noted in the article. “Others in the transportation and engineering communities are also taking notice, with the project earning several industry awards at both the state and national levels. As multimodal concepts continue to progress, the Barrington Road project is providing a pivotal step forward.
Pace buses now are making 96 round trips daily through the station, shuttling riders to locations stretching from Elgin to Rosemont, including other Park-n-Ride stations located along I-90 at Randall Road and Illinois Route 25.
The article describes the Tollway’s willingness to work closely with other transportation agencies and Hoffman Estates to build a new type of full-access interchange that benefits not only drivers, but enhances Pace bus service by providing bus ramps inside the interchange leading directly to I-90, along with pedestrian underpasses and an overpass that allow commuters to more easily reach the bus station.
To read the whole story, visit Roads & Bridges magazine by clicking here. And to read more about the Tollway’s efforts to deliver innovative solutions to the region’s transportation network click here.