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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 Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) and Pace have completed the Central Harlem Avenue Corridor Study, which focuses on Harlem Avenue between North Avenue and 71st Street. Harlem Avenue is one of Pace’s near-term priority corridors for future Pulse service.

The final report and appendices include:

Project Overview

This study focused on identifying solutions for three primary objectives which included:

  • Transit access improvements
  • Preliminary Pulse station locations
  • Transit-oriented development opportunities

Please click here for a description of how these improvements will help prepare the corridor for future implementation of Pace Pulse service.

Study Area

The study limits included a half-mile buffer around Harlem Avenue from 71st Street in Bridgeview near Toyota Park to North Avenue in Elmwood Park. This area includes the municipalities of Berwyn, Bedford Park, Bridgeview, Chicago, Elmwood Park, Forest Park, Forest View, Lyons, North Riverside, Oak Park, River Forest, Riverside, Stickney and Summit.

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Steering Committee

A Steering Committee, comprised of representatives from the local municipalities, partner transit agencies, regional government entities and civic organizations, helped establish project goals and outcomes and provided overall guidance throughout the study. Engaging and soliciting feedback from the Steering Committee helped to ensure that the analysis and subsequent recommendations correspond to real conditions and solutions.

The Steering Committee met four times over the course of the study. Information, including meeting dates and materials, can be found below:

Steering Committee Meeting #1 -- January 18, 2018

Steering Committee Meeting #2 / Corridor Bus Tour -- February 27, 2018

Steering Committee Meeting #3 -- June 5, 2018

Steering Committee Meeting #4 -- September 25, 2018

Public Meetings

The purpose of the public meetings was to gather information about the corridor from individuals who live, work and travel the corridor on a regular basis and to help strengthen the overall analysis and the recommendations.

The first public open house event took place on July 12, 2018 at Morton West High School. Project team members and agency staff discussed the findings from the existing conditions assessment and received public comments and feedback about the study.

The second public open house event took place on October 4, 2018 at the Oak Park Public Library (Community Engagement Room). Project team members and agency staff discussed draft plan recommendations and received public comments and feedback about the planned improvements.

Display boards depicting highlighted recommendations can be viewed by clicking here.