95th Street Line--FAQs

What is the Pulse 95th Street Line Project?

The proposed Pulse 95th Street Line project corridor is approximately 12.4 miles in length and runs east-west between the City of Chicago and the City of Palos Hills via 95th Street, then south on either Harlem Avenue or 76th Avenue, west on 103rd Street, south on Roberts Road, and west on 107th Street. The routing between 95th Street and 103rd Street will be determined based on supporting improvement plans for the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) and the Pulse Harlem Line, among other factors. All routing is subject to change.

Where can I go on the Pulse 95th Line?

Along the 95th Street Line project corridor, there are major destinations including Evergreen Plaza Center, Advocate Christ Medical Center, Little Company of Mary Hospital, Chicago Ridge Mall, Bridgeview Courthouse, and Moraine Valley Community College. Pulse riders will also be able to find connections to other transit services including the CTA Red Line 95th Street Station and other CTA routes, other Pace bus routes, Metra Rock Island District Line Longwood Station, and Metra Southwest Service Oak Lawn Patriot Station. The Pulse 95th Street Line would also provide connections to three future Pulse Lines at Harlem, Cicero and Halsted.

What is the process and schedule for the Pulse 95th Street Line project?

Pace initiated the planning study in Fall 2018.  With community and agency input, a 95th Street Line Project Definition Report is being developed and it will outline preliminary service and operating plans, preliminary station locations, and project cost estimates.  The project will follow a federally mandated environmental review known as the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process to identify and evaluate potential impacts to the natural and built environment.  Using the study findings and public input, Pace will select the final station locations and begin detailed design.  The schedule for design and construction is not yet determined. Learn more about the process and schedule.

How can I get involved in the Pulse 95th Street Line Project?

Stakeholder involvement is critical to the success of the project and we look forward to your participation. Sign up for our mailing list to receive project updates and notifications about public meetings. You can also share your thoughts by submitting a comment or question. Public meetings are listed here.

When will construction of the Pulse 95th Street Line occur?

The construction schedule has not yet been determined.

When will the Pulse 95th Street Line service begin?

The implementation schedule has not yet been determined.

What kind of buses will be used to provide Pulse service?

The Pulse vehicles will have several highly visible and improved features including a Pulse-branded exterior, in-vehicle Wi-Fi service and USB charging outlets for passenger convenience, as well as digital route maps with next stop displays. The vehicles for the 95th Street Line are anticipated to be very similar to the initial fleet of Pulse vehicles, which are 40-foot low floor buses. These vehicles have the capacity to seat up to 43 passengers and have ADA-compliant front and rear passenger doors with a ramp, 14-inch step height at both doors, and bicycle rack mounted on the front. 

How is the Pulse 95th Street Line project funded?

Pace is currently seeking funding for the Pulse 95th Street Line. A combination of grants and Pace operating funds will likely be used. 

Where are the Pulse 95th Street Line terminals?

The proposed eastern terminal is located at the CTA Red Line 95th Street Station in Chicago. The proposed western terminal is Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills.   

Where will the Pulse 95th Street Line stations be located?

Proposed station locations along the Pulse 95th Street Line include:

  • CTA Red Line 95th Street
  • Halsted
  • Vincennes (Longwood Metra)
  • Ashland
  • Western
  • California
  • Kedzie
  • Pulaski
  • Kostner
  • Cicero
  • Oak Lawn Patriot Metra
  • Central
  • SW Highway 
  • Ridgeland
  • Bridgeview Courthouse
  • Roberts/104th
  • Moraine Valley Community College

At the request of local municipalities, Pace will also evaluate four locations for potential stations, including:

  • Wood (Beverly Hills Metra)
  • Harlem
  • 76th
  • Harlem/103rd

At this time, station locations are preliminary and subject to change.

How will station locations be determined for the Pulse 95th Street Line?

Preliminary station locations were determined based on an analysis of Pace ridership patterns, land use conditions, site constraints, and safety conditions. As part of the planning phase, Pace is further evaluating this data and other considerations important to determining station locations including sidewalk connections, proximity to other stations, other Pulse lines and other bus routes, transit signal priority benefits, and impacts on adjacent property owners. We are working with local communities as well as the Chicago Department of Transportation, Chicago Transit Authority, Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois Tollway, Federal Transit Administration, and Metra to determine station locations.

What types of new facilities are being developed for the Pulse 95th Street Line?

What will they look like? New, modern stations are being developed for the Pulse 95th Street Line. Station amenities include a partially-enclosed 10-foot tall heated shelter that is 16-foot long by 6-foot deep with seating; bicycle racks; near-level boarding; landscaping; and a vertical marker that will display the Pulse brand, real-time next bus arrival information, and local and regional maps.  A preliminary station concept is shown below:

Pulse Platform Render Standard Aerial2

Will bicycle improvements be provided?

Like nearly all Pace fixed route buses, Pulse buses will be equipped with bike racks. Additionally, most Pulse stations will be equipped with a bicycle rack for parking and locking your bike. Along the 95th Street corridor, there are opportunities to connect with bicycle/pedestrian trails, including the Major Taylor Trail at the proposed Ashland Avenue station.

It seems like there are fewer stops planned for the Pulse 95th Street Line than local Route 381. Will I have to walk farther to my destination?

Pulse stations will be located at or very near some of the existing Route 381 stops with the highest ridership activity. Although Pulse stations will be farther apart than existing bus stops, most will be no more than a quarter of a mile from current Route 381 stops. This means that the vast majority of riders will have a Pulse stop very close to their current stop and will not have to walk much farther than they do now. 

What will happen to Pace Routes 381 and 395 when the Pulse 95th Street Line begins service?

Existing service along the route includes Pace Route 381, which operates fixed route service between Chicago and Moraine Valley Community College. Route 381 connects with CTA routes and Metra train routes including the CTA Red Line, Metra Rock Island District Line Longwood Station, and Metra Southwest Service Oak Lawn Patriot Station. While changes to Route 381 schedule and service frequency may be considered, any significant changes will be subject to a public hearing. Pace does not anticipate Pulse service along the 95th Street corridor to impact the design or schedule of Route 395 service.

How frequently will the Pulse 95th Street Line operate?

The 95th Street Line is anticipated to operate every 10 to 15 minutes. The operating plan will be developed with community, agency, and public input and is subject to change.

Will I be able to transfer to other transit services from the Pulse 95th Street Line?

Pulse 95th Street Line riders will be able to connect to other transit services including the CTA Red Line 95th Street Station, Metra Rock Island District Line Longwood Station, and Metra Southwest Service Oak Lawn Patriot Station.

What is transit signal priority (TSP)? To improve on-time performance and schedule reliability, Pace is implementing a Transit Signal Priority (or TSP) system along all of its planned Pulse lines. TSP enables Pace’s computerized intelligent bus systems to communicate with the traffic signal system without any action taken by the bus driver. If a bus is running behind schedule, the system allows the bus to send a request to the traffic signal network to either shorten a red light or extend a green light.  TSP does not interfere with signal preemption systems used by emergency response vehicles. Additionally, traffic signal controls are programmed to deny the vehicle’s request for a timing adjustment if traffic conditions would be negatively impacted. In other parts of the Pace service area, TSP resulted in travel time improvements of up to 20% for all vehicles travelling the corridor.

Will the new Pulse 95th Street Line reduce travel times versus existing Route 381 service?

Estimated running times on the Pulse 95th Street Line are anticipated to be faster than existing Pace routes due to the reduced number of stations/stops, benefits from innovative technology such as transit signal priority (TSP), and design elements to improve the speed of passenger boarding.

Are there plans for future Pulse lines that will connect to the Pulse 95th Street Line?

Yes. There are plans for future Pulse lines throughout the Chicago region. The 95th Street Line will connect to the proposed Pulse Harlem Line, Cicero Line, and Halsted Line.

How much will the fare be for the Pulse 95th Street Line?

It is anticipated that Pace's regular fare structure will apply, subject to approval by the Pace Board of Directors. You will be able to pay by Ventra® card or cash. Visit PaceBus.com for fare policies and VentraChicago.com for Ventra details. Reduced and free fares are available to eligible customers.

Will the Pulse 95th Street Line be accessible to people with disabilities?

Yes. Pulse will be fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Stations will have raised platforms for easier boarding and, like all Pace buses, Pulse buses will have ramps and be fully accessible to passengers with disabilities.