Pace Announces Second Pulse Line

Pace’s second Pulse line will provide fast, frequent and reliable service between Evanston and O’Hare International Airport.

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Preliminary Pulse Dempster Line Map - View larger image

In 2001, Pace published Vision 2020, a plan to modernize and improve bus services across northeastern Illinois. Dempster Street was identified to be 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 seven key corridors for phased implementation and determined that the Dempster Line would be the second Pulse service to be implemented. The Dempster Street corridor is defined by the following characteristics:

  • 15 miles in length
  • Two terminals and 15 station locations
  • Operates between Evanston and O’Hare International Airport
  • Connections to other Pace and CTA bus routes; the CTA Purple and Yellow lines; CTA Blue Line via O'Hare International Airport; and Metra's UP-North, UP-Northwest and North Central Service lines, offering a range of local and regional travel options.

The Dempster Line will improve connectivity and increase transit service levels from the Davis Street CTA/Metra station in Evanston to the O’Hare International Airport Kiss-n-Fly and Metra O’Hare Transfer station. The Dempster Line will also connect with the upcoming Pulse Milwaukee Line as well as planned future Pulse lines on Harlem Avenue, Touhy Avenue and Golf Road.