In 2001, Pace published Vision 2020, a plan to modernize and improve bus services across northeastern Illinois. The Milwaukee Avenue corridor was identified as one of 24 Pulse routes that would enhance the regional transit network and suburb to suburb travel. In 2009, Pace’s Arterial Rapid Transit Study evaluated and prioritized these corridors for phased implementation. The Milwaukee Line was identified as the first Pulse service to be implemented.
The Pulse Milwaukee Line is defined by the following characteristics:
- 7.6 miles in length.
- 10 station locations including two terminals and 8 intermediate station pairs.
- Operates between the Golf Mill Shopping Center in Niles and the Jefferson Park Transit Center in Chicago.
- Connections to the Niles Free Bus, Pace and CTA bus routes, the CTA Blue Line, and Metra's UP- Northwest Line, offering a range of local and regional travel options.
As Pace’s first Pulse line, it will improve connectivity and increase transit service levels through high frequency service, travel time savings, and station and rider amenities. The Pulse Milwaukee Line will eventually connect to three additional planned Pulse lines on Golf, Dempster and Harlem.