As part of Pace’s Vision 2020 plan to modernize public transportation, Pace is developing a network of Pulse corridors intended to enhance mobility and regional travel options. Seven priority routes were identified for development for a near-term time frame of approximately 10 years.
To date, Pace has implemented the Pulse Milwaukee Line, which was the first of these seven corridors. The next three corridors currently in project development include Dempster Street, Halsted Street, and 95th Street. The specific current phase of project development for each line is depicted on the Corridor Development Plan map and Near-Term Corridor Development Plan map.
Both maps also indicate the remaining three corridors to be implemented, which include Cermak Road, Harlem Avenue and Roosevelt Road.
These remaining priority corridors for future development have all undergone some level of corridor planning activities, which may include the following assessments:
- Identifying potential Pulse station sites
- Recommending sidewalk links where deficiencies exist and addressing deficiencies in the sidewalk network connecting to sites
- Redesigning and improving pedestrian crossings, signals, striping, curbing and pedestrian infrastructure elements near station sites;
- Ensuring compliance with federally mandated Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) design requirements at station sites;
- Selecting future station locations that take advantage of traffic signal priority (TSP) and other intelligent transportation system (ITS) technologies at key intersections;
- Reconfiguring intersections, enhancing lane widths, advancing streetscaping projects, installing amenities for cyclists, reconfiguring parking spaces, and other roadway-specific improvements;
- Implementing land use and roadway policies that support transit;
- Assessing existing and future transit demand and markets within corridors; and
- Identifying funding opportunities for implementation of recommendations.
Achieving Corridor Planning Results
Below is a list of corridor and other planning studies that support forthcoming planning work on future Pulse lines:
- Central Harlem Avenue Corridor Study
- 95th Street Corridor Transportation Plan
- 159th Street Corridor Planning Study
- ART Implementation Plan
- Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Market Research Project (Cermak-Butterfield Corridor)
- Cook DuPage Area Rapid Transit Investment Study
- North Avenue Corridor Study
- Pace's Arterial Rapid Transit Study
- South Harlem Avenue Corridor Study
Beyond providing project-specific recommendations for these types of studies, Pace also regularly encourages municipalities and developers to incorporate the agency’s Transit Supportive Guidelines. This document provides a range of design and policy solutions that support the operation of all Pace services, including Pulse.
Included with Pace’s Transit Supportive Guidelines is the DRAFT program (Design Review Assistance for Transit). Pace transit engineers can provide complimentary technical reviews of preliminary transit infrastructure designs associated with new developments, roadway improvements, and other changes in land use and infrastructure. Pace encourages developers, municipalities, roadway officials, businesses and others contact Pace for assistance with planning and designing such improvements.
Implementing Pulse Service
Pace continually evaluates corridors and tracks planned developments to ensure that investments enhance the transit system.
As part of the planning process, Pace assesses Pulse funding requirements and applies for state, federal and/or local grants for projects that are ready for implementation. Typically, these funds are used for designing the service, fulfilling federally-mandated environmental reviews, acquiring land, upgrading infrastructure, constructing stations and support facilities, and procuring vehicles. Given the level of investment associated with Pulse, Pace continues to look to our local partners to support this service with transit friendly infrastructure and development in order to maximize regional transportation dollars.
Please visit the "Pulse Lines Up Next" section on the Pulse Homepage for examples of corridors that are currently being implemented.