By car: Several major roads pass through St. Charles, providing residents with access to Chicago, Wheaton, Elgin, Naperville, Aurora and other hot spots in the region. Illinois Routes 25 and 31 travel along the east and west side, respectively, of the Fox River and intersect with Illinois Route 64 near the center of the community. Residents can take Route 64 west through the western suburbs of Chicago until it ends at US Route 41, which is located on Chicago’s north side.
By Metra: Metra does not offer direct service to or from St. Charles. Residents may, however, access Metra’s services at Geneva Station (328 Crescent Place) on the Union Pacific West Line, which is about 8 minutes south of the community.
Trains depart from Geneva for Chicago Union Station roughly every 10 to 30 minutes from 5:00 am until mid-morning and every several hours in the afternoon. Trains to Chicago stop running at 10:30 pm. Travel time to Chicago Union Station is approximately 1 hour and 9 minutes.
The one-way fare is $8.00. Individuals may also purchase 10-ride for $72.00 or monthly passes for $228.00. Weekend Passes are available for $8.00 each and provide users with unlimited rides on both Saturday and Sunday. Reduced fares are available for seniors, customers with disabilities, students and children. Metra does not offer parking at Geneva Station, though street parking, parking lots and parking garages may be available.
By bus: PACE (pacebus.com) provides connecting bus service in and around St. Charles on routes 801 and 802.
By Vanpool: PACE operates a ride-sharing service in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will counties. The PACE Vanpool Incentive Program provides access between Metra stations and to cut down on the cost and hassle of commuting. PACE provides the ban and covers fuel, tolls, insurance, maintenance, roadside assistance, van washes and guarantees all users a ride home. For more information, visit pacebus.com. A sample fee schedule is shown below.
|Departure Time||Arrival Time||Total Commute||One-Way Fare|
|5:00 am||6:10 am||1 hour 10 minutes||$8.00|
|5:22 am||6:28 am||1 hour 6 minutes||$8.00|
|5:39 am||6:44 am||1 hour 5 minutes||$8.00|
|6:04 am||7:11 am||1 hour 7 minutes||$8.00|
|6:13 am||7:31 am||1 hour 18 minutes||$8.00|
|6:36 am||7:35 am||59 minutes||$8.00|
|6:54 am||7:55 am||1 hour 1 minute||$8.00|
|7:10 am||8:15 am||1 hour 5 minutes||$8.00|
|7:25 am||8:23 am||58 minutes||$8.00|
|7:49 am||8:58 am||1 hour 9 minutes||$8.00|
|8:17 am||9:35 am||1 hour 18 minutes||$8.00|
|9:37 am||10:50 am||1 hour 13 minutes||$8.00|
|Roundtrip Miles||4 passengers||6 passengers||9-10 passengers|