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Introducing Pulse

Pace’s new rapid transit network, Pulse, provides enhanced express bus service to commuters using the latest technology and a streamlined route design.

Pulse provides fast, frequent and reliable bus service in heavily traveled corridors of suburban Chicagoland. The first line on Milwaukee Avenue launched August 11, 2019. Pulse rapid transit service differs from regular fixed route bus service in quite a few ways:

  • Limited-stop express service
  • Vehicles equipped with Wi-Fi and other technological advancements
  • Easy-to-find stations with weather protection
  • Real-time bus tracker signage

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What's New

Pulse Halsted Line's first public meeting

On January 9, 2020, the public offered their input on plans for this south suburban line. See meeting details here.

Pulse Milwaukee Line is live and in service!

As of August 11, 2019, there's a new ride in town. Get the details on the new service here.

Pulse Milwaukee Line ongoing construction

Not all Pulse Milwaukee Line stations are fully constructed. See the current list of boarding locations here.

Central Harlem Avenue Corridor Study is now complete

Corridor planning work for Harlem Avenue is now complete. See the final report, open house materials, and other information about this study.


Pulse Network: the Long-Term Vision

As part of Pace’s Vision 2020 plan to modernize suburban public transportation in northeastern Illinois, Pace plans a 24-line arterial bus rapid transit network to enhance mobility and suburb-to-suburb travel options. Extensive research and public input helped identify priority routes for development over the next decade.


The buses used in Pulse service are Pace's most modern, technologically advanced models. Features include:


                                    Free onboard Wi-Fi                                                                                   Digital screens with route information

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                                                              USB charging ports, which can be found under your seat or the seat in front of you

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Pulse is a new rapid transit network, providing fast, frequent, and reliable bus service using the latest technology and streamlined route design.

In 2002, Pace identified the need for what is today known as Pulse service through the agency’s Vision 2020 plan, which included a 24-line network to enhance mobility and suburb-to-suburb travel options (please see the Corridor Development Plan map below for more information).  

In 2020, the Vision 2020 plan will be succeeded by Driving Innovation: The Pace Strategic Vision Plan. The plan will include an updated corridor development strategy which will be used to guide future investment and development of Pace's Pulse program. Going forward, Pace will use this process to identify future corridors for Pulse lines.

To date, Pace has launched Pulse Milwaukee Line, which began operating in August 2019 and provides service between Golf Mill Shopping Center and Jefferson Park Transit Center. Pulse Milwaukee Line is one of seven priority corridors Pace is pursuing over the next 10 years See the Near-Term Corridor Development Plan map below for more information.

Currently, three priority corridors are in project development moving forward toward implementation: the Dempster, Halsted, and 95th Street Lines.

The remaining three corridors planned for project development include Cermak Road, Harlem Avenue, and Roosevelt Road. These corridors are currently not funded for project development, and actual service alignments, station locations and other local transit access improvements will be developed in the future. See Other Priority Corridors for Future Development for more information on these and other future Pulse corridors.

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Pace held an open house on April 22, 2015 at the Niles Park District Oasis Water Park for the public to learn more about Pulse, Pace’s new arterial bus rapid transit network, and the Pulse Milwaukee Line.

The first Pulse service, the Pulse Milwaukee Line, will launch in 2018, running along Milwaukee Avenue between the Golf Mill Shopping Center and the Jefferson Park Transit Center, where passengers can connect with other Pace bus routes as well as CTA and Metra.

Pace discussed the Pulse Milwaukee Line project and provided a presentation, exhibits, and comment forms. Attendees were also able to meet with project team members.

If you missed the meeting, you can find meeting materials here.

We want to hear from you! Your input is an important part of the project and we encourage you to share your thoughts using the online comment form.


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