Harlem Avenue Corridor Development

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.

Corridor Map 01

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.