McHenry County Dial-A-Ride / MCRide Program
MCRide Dial-A-Ride is a curb-to-curb, demand-response public transit service available to McHenry County residents traveling within and between partner communities. Riders call the Pace Call Center 800-451-4599 to schedule a trip the day before they need a ride or up to seven days in advance for seniors and individuals with a disability. The fare is based on distance traveled: the general public pays a base fare of $2.50 for the first five miles and $0.25 for each additional mile; and seniors and individuals with a disability pay a base fare of $1.25 for the first five miles and $0.25 for each additional mile. MCRide service hours are Monday through Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Detailed information on how to ride can be found in the brochure or rider’s guide.
MCRide partner communities include: City of Crystal Lake, City of Harvard, City of Marengo, City of McHenry, City of Woodstock, Village of Huntley, Village of Johnsburg, Village of Lakewood, Village of Ringwood, Village of Richmond, Village of Union, Dorr Township, Grafton Township, Greenwood Township, Marengo Township, McHenry Township, Nunda Township, Riley Township, Chemung Township, and Richmond Township. Beginning in 2018 McHenry County Conservation sites have been added to the service area including: Brookdale Conservation Area, Glacial Park - Lost Valley Visitor Center, and the Hollows Conservation Area.
On Metra you can reach Chicago's beautiful lakefront, museums, zoos, sporting events, shops and restaurants, concerts, special events, schools and colleges as well as quaint, historic suburbs and small towns. In some cases, Metra can take you practically to the front door - in other cases, your destination is easily in reach via Pace and/or CTA buses. The nearest Metra stations are located in Crystal Lake and Elgin (Big Timber).
Pace offers a Vanpool Incentive Program to provide a more economical and environmentally-friendly way to get to work. Various options are available.