Pace's use of Plainfield-to-Chicago bus service has proven so successful that it's extending the length of one route and adding new service to the other.
According to a story in the Chicago Tribune, the 755 route -- which has three buses making drops at the Illinois Medical District and the University of Illinois at Chicago -- will add Union Station to its stops starting April 9.
The 855 route, which has six buses going into the city in the morning and six returning at night -- will add a seventh that departs at 6:37 a.m. and leaves Chicago at Michigan Avenue and Superior Street at 4:40 p.m., the story said.
Ridership totals about 500 people daily, according the Tribune story. It's up by 67 percent on the 855 route and 120 percent on the 755 route.
The state authorized Pace to begin using the shoulders along Interstate 55 in November. Whenever traffic drops below 35 mph, the buses are allowed to move on to the shoulder in order to stay on schedule.
To read the complete Tribune story, click here.