South Halsted Line--FAQs

What is the South Halsted Bus Corridor Enhancement Project?

This project consists of a study that will result in a set of recommendations to improve public transportation along South Halsted Street. The study corridor includes approximately 11 miles of South Halsted Street, from the Pace Harvey Transportation Center in the City of Harvey to 79th Street in the City of Chicago, servicing the communities of Harvey, Phoenix, Calumet Park, Riverdale, Dixmoor and the City of Chicago neighborhoods of West Pullman, Morgan Park, Roseland, Washington Heights, and Auburn Grisham.

This study is exploring potential transit improvements for the corridor’s 11,500 daily transit customers. 

Improvements being considered as part of the project include:

· Roadway treatments such as dedicated bus-only lanes and queue jumps

· Traffic signal optimization and transit prioritization

· Pace Pulse stations south of 95th Street 

· Updated passenger amenities

· Realigned bus stops 

· Accessibility improvements

· Enhanced coordinated service plans

Transit improvements developed in this study will complement CTA’s planned extension of the Red Line to 130th Street from 95th Street. In addition, Pace has identified South Halsted Street from the CTA Red Line 95th/Dan Ryan Station to the Pace Harvey Transportation Center as a priority corridor for the implementation of Pulse Bus Rapid Transit Service.

Where is the project located?

The project corridor is located along approximately 11 miles of South Halsted Street, from the Pace Harvey Transportation Center to 79th Street. The corridor also includes segments of 79th and 95th Streets that provide connections to the CTA Red Line 79th and 95th/Dan Ryan stations. The Project corridor will span from 79th Street in the City of Chicago to a southern terminus at the Pace Harvey Transportation Center, servicing the communities of Harvey, Phoenix, Calumet Park, Riverdale, Dixmoor and the City of Chicago neighborhoods of West Pullman, Morgan Park, Roseland, Washington Heights, and Auburn Grisham.

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What is the process and schedule for the project?

Pace and CTA initiated the first phase of the planning study in early 2018. With community and agency input, a Corridor Evaluation, Recommendations, and Project Strategy Final Report was developed, outlining infrastructure improvement alternatives, preliminary locations for enhanced stations, preliminary service and operating plans, 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.  The environmental review process was initiated in Fall 2019 and public meetings will be held. Using the study findings and public input, Pace and CTA will select the preferred proposed enhancements and station locations and begin detailed design.  The schedule for design and construction is not yet determined. Learn more about the process and schedule.

What type of improvements are being considered for the project?

Improvements being considered as part of the project include:

  • Roadway treatments such as dedicated bus-only lanes and queue jumps
  • Traffic signal optimization and transit prioritization
  • Pace Pulse stations south of 95th Street 
  • Updated passenger amenities
  • Realigned bus stops 
  • Accessibility improvements
  • Enhanced coordinated service plans

In addition, Pace has identified South Halsted Street as a potential route for their new rapid transit service, Pulse.

How is the project funded?

In 2017, CTA received a federal grant through the Chicago Metropolitan Planning Agency’s (CMAP) Unified Work Program (UWP) to complete a study of South Halsted with Pace as a direct project partner. The project has been funded through grants from the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning's (CMAP) Unified Work Program (UWP) and Cook County's Invest in Cook program, and from Pace and CTA Operating funds.

How can I get involved in the South Halsted Bus Corridor Enhancement 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 here. Public meetings are listed here.