Transportation Information

Roadway System
Harvard is served by two major state highways and one federal highway. U.S. Rt. 14 and State Rt. 173 intersect in the center of Harvard at the beginning of Ayer Street, Harvard's downtown. U.S. Rt. 14 and State Rt. 23 intersect on the south edge of Harvard. Interstate 90 is a short distance to the south, and Interstate 43 a short distance to the north.

Harvard is served by the Union Pacific Railroad, which connects with Amtrak in Chicago. Weekday service is available as early as 5:48 a.m., with the last train arriving from Chicago at 2:18 a.m. In excess of 200 passengers from the surrounding area, including Wisconsin, board the train daily at the Harvard Metra Station.

City of Harvard Metra Station Parking System

METRA ALERT - Riding the Train Saturday, June 6th,2015?

Dacy Airport
Over 100 acres of land facilitates 3 landing strips, hangars, a repair shop, tie down area, fueling area, and office complex. The longest airstrip is 3,700 feet long and runs east and west, accommodating larger aircraft up to light twin-engine planes. The shortest airstrip runs north and south and is 2,650 feet in length.


McHenry Co Dial-A-Ride (MCRide)

The City of Harvard has partnered dial-a-ride services with McHenry County and othercommunities within the county to participate in a coordinated service called MCRide. Under the MCRide Program, service levels inHarvard have expanded to provide greater mobility to Harvard  residents and provide transportation out of town within the McRide service area.     Simply call the Pace Call Center at 800-451-4599 the day before you need a ride and let them know your pick-up and drop-off location, along with you desired pick-up and drop-off times. 


MCRide is a distance-based fare structure


Base Fare

First 5 Miles

Each Addt’l Mile

General Public



Senior (60+)



Individual with Disability




Service Hours:

Monday through Friday from 6 am - 7 pm

Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm

Sunday - No Service


Additional information is available at the county website:
McHenry County Dial-A-Ride

Faith in Action of McHenry County
Faith in Action of McHenry County is a network of religious congregations, community agencies and civic-minded individuals with a tradition of concern for others. Our purpose is to work with the seniors of our community who live at home to assist them and their families in maintaining their independence, dignity and quality of life. Our goal is to provide volunteer services to seniors living at home who request assistance in fulfilling their needs.

Faith In Action of McHenry County
7105 Virginia Rd., Suite 21
Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Senior Services Transportation

The Senior Services Transportation Program is offered to senior citizens residing in McHenry County.  When other transportation options are not available, our volunteer program provides rides to and from doctor's offices, dialysis, shopping and other miscellaneous appointments.  Our door to door program matches those in need with carefully screened volunteers who are kind, courteous and willing to take seniors to those needed appointments.  There is no set fee; however, you are asked to make a donation according to your needs.

Senior Services Associates, Inc.

McHenry County Senior Services

3519 N. Richmond Rd.

McHenry, IL  60050


ADA Paratransit Service
Pace provides pre-arranged curb-to-curb service for persons with disabilities whose eligibility has been determined by the regional certification process. Pace's ADA Paratransit Services operate within 3/4 mile of Pace's fixed routes and during the same days and hours. Persons should call to schedule a ride one day in advance by calling 1-800-451-4599, (TTY) 1-888-454-4724.

Pace Route 808
The City of Harvard is served by Pace Route 808 operating during morning and evening rush hour. Route 808 provides bus service to Harvard Community Hospital, Memorial Hospital (Woodstock), McHenry County Senior Citizens Council, McHenry County College and Metra Stations in Harvard, Woodstock and Crystal Lake.

Schedule, Map and Fare

Pace Vanpool Program
Now your workday commute can save you money and time! Let Pace give you a van with gas to burn and then some. Vanpooling is an economical, convenient, and environmentally-friendly alternative to driving alone. As a Pace Vanpool driver, traveling to work will cost nothing. Plus drivers get to use the Pace van for personal trips. Riders can turn commuting time into quality time and enjoy doing anything but driving on the way to work.

Looking for more convenience and benefits? Consider starting a Metra Feeder vanpool. You can arrange to have a Pace van parked at a Metra Station to complete your trip to work. With a Pace van, you won't have to endure the bad weather as you walk from the train station to your place of work.

Whether you want to save gas money, wear and tear on your car, or avoid the hassles of driving, you'll have it all with a Pace vanpool. Applying is easy. Simply fill out the start-up forms. Start vanpooling today.
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