Pace Announces Launch of Pulse Milwaukee Line


June 24, 2019 12:00:00 PM
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Pace's first bus rapid transit service will begin operating on August 11

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS - Pace is excited to announce the launch of its first Pulse rapid transit line, the Pulse Milwaukee Line. Operations begin on Sunday, August 11, 2019. Pulse provides enhanced express bus service that incorporates streamlined route design and the latest technology, like transit signal priority (TSP), to provide faster, more frequent service. Passengers traveling along Milwaukee Avenue between the CTA Jefferson Park Transit Center and Golf Mill Shopping Center in Niles will soon benefit from increased service, state of the art stations, and improved customer communications with real-time Bus Tracker signs at every boarding location.

"Pulse represents the next generation of Pace service," said Pace Chairman Richard Kwasneski. "The frequency and affordability of this service will improve access to jobs, education, medical care, shopping and entertainment for the residents we serve."

Modern purple buses branded with the Pulse logo and equipped with Wi-Fi and USB charging ports will serve completely accessible stations featuring raised platforms to facilitate faster boarding, prominent vertical markers with local and regional maps and real-time bus arrival information, heated shelters with seating, snow-melt pavement, and bike racks. All stations will feature community expression elements designed in partnership with the communities and businesses along the route.

"A lot of hard work has gone into launching this service," said Executive Director Rocky Donahue. "I would like to thank our dedicated staff and all of the agencies, organizations and communities that had a hand in this, including the Village of Niles, City of Chicago, Regional Transportation Authority, Illinois Department of Transportation, Chicago Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Authority, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, and HNTB. There are also several business and property owners along the corridor who deserve a big thank you. This wouldn't be possible without their partnership and support."

Pulse service will operate on weekdays between 5 a.m. and midnight with 10-minute frequency during rush hours, 15-minute frequency during non-peak hours until 10 p.m., and every 20 minutes from 10 p.m. until midnight. On Saturdays, Pulse service will begin at 5:30 a.m. and on Sundays it will start at 6 a.m. Service on both Saturday and Sunday will run until midnight. On weekends and holidays, Pulse will run every 15 minutes until 10 p.m. when it will transition to every 20 minutes.

As Pace finishes work at several stations this fall, passengers may have to use a temporary bus boarding area in some locations after the August launch. The launch of the Pulse Milwaukee Line corresponds with a reduction in frequency on the mostly-overlapping Route 270. Route 270 will continue to make all local stops. More detailed information can be found at


Pace is Chicagoland's suburban bus and regional paratransit provider. Pace's family of public transportation services also includes vanpool, rideshare matching, community-based transportation programs, and, now, Pulse, Pace's new rapid transit network. Learn more at


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