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Crew at Elgin garage keeps Pace on the road

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  • Mechanic Erik Hanning performs a work order on a bus.

       Mechanic Erik Hanning performs a work order on a bus.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Mechanic Vic Oseguera completes a work order for diesel engine repairs. Oseguera has been with Pace for 24 years.

       Mechanic Vic Oseguera completes a work order for diesel engine repairs. Oseguera has been with Pace for 24 years.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • A washing station was built specifically for the busses inside the garage. After completing a daily run of routes, buses are refueled, washed, then parked ready to go the next day.

       A washing station was built specifically for the busses inside the garage. After completing a daily run of routes, buses are refueled, washed, then parked ready to go the next day.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Mechanic Jack Rojewski helps out a fellow mechanic working on the engine of a bus. Engines have access panels from the back as well as the side. Rojewski has been a mechanic for 16 years at Pace.

       Mechanic Jack Rojewski helps out a fellow mechanic working on the engine of a bus. Engines have access panels from the back as well as the side. Rojewski has been a mechanic for 16 years at Pace.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • The Pace bus garage in Elgin has five service bays, with one of them giving access to the undercarriage to change fluids. The garage has six mechanics who work on three staggered shifts throughout the day. There are 48 buses in the Elgin fleet and all go through regularly scheduled maintenance to keep the buses running in tiptop shape on the street.

       The Pace bus garage in Elgin has five service bays, with one of them giving access to the undercarriage to change fluids. The garage has six mechanics who work on three staggered shifts throughout the day. There are 48 buses in the Elgin fleet and all go through regularly scheduled maintenance to keep the buses running in tiptop shape on the street.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Brake shoes are neatly stacked ready to be used in the stock room of the Elgin Pace Bus garage.

       Brake shoes are neatly stacked ready to be used in the stock room of the Elgin Pace Bus garage.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

 
 

Over three staggered shifts at the Pace River Division garage in Elgin, six mechanics and two service workers keep a fleet of 48 buses in top shape while serving the Elgin area. The 63,000-square-foot facility, on State Street, opened in 1986.

A few times a month, each bus goes in for regularly scheduled maintenance. Mechanics work on four to six buses a day depending on needs. The garage also services seven trolleys for Schaumburg that roam Woodfield Mall and surrounding shopping centers. A recent fleet addition has been five small hybrid buses, appropriately painted green, that run on ethanol and electricity that the River Division crew also maintain.

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The maintenance team has won the company's "Circle of Excellence" award for 10 years in a row. Division manager Bill Lynch praises the team and their teamwork. "We have some exceptional mechanics that do a nice job," he says. "They keep our equipment in absolute top condition."

Work orders are placed each day for that day's work or the following. The crew in the stock room gets the parts ready to go for what's needed so that the mechanics can get to work right away. The stock room always keeps parts on the shelves so there is no delay in repairs. When buses come in for the night, two service workers go through a checklist which includes refueling the vehicles as well as putting them through the special bus wash and then parking them in the adjacent garage.

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