Pace has developed the following elements for the Milwaukee Pulse Line:
- Capital and operating cost estimates
- Service and operating plans
- Ridership projections
- Vehicle and equipment needs
- Final selected station locations and conceptual layout plans
Per federal regulations, Pace conducted an Environmental and Technical Study to analyze existing conditions, potential environmental impacts, and ways to mitigate potential impacts.
Preliminary study findings were presented and discussed at the first public meeting on April 22, 2015. The meeting also provided an opportunity for public input. The final environmental documentation for the Pulse Milwaukee Line was submitted to and approved by the Federal Transit Administration. In addition, the Historic Resources Report was approved. Further analysis and public input were used to identify the final selected station locations, which were presented at the second public meeting on August 26, 2015.
Public input is a key component of the project process and includes public involvement activities such as the Pulse website, newsletters, public meetings, and one-on-one stakeholder meetings. Public outreach efforts are outlined in the Stakeholder Involvement Plan.
Now that Pace has awarded the construction contract, preliminary roadway and curb work begins in November 2017. Station construction will begin in Spring 2018. Service on the Pulse Milwaukee Line is anticipated to begin in 2019.