Pace and CTA Announce South Halsted Bus Corridor Enhancement Project Public Meeting
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 17, 2019 2:00:00 PM
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ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL - Pace Suburban Bus and the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) are pleased to announce the first Public Meeting for the South Halsted Bus Corridor Enhancement Project. The meeting will take place on January 9, 2020, from 5:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at Woodson Regional Public Library, 9525 S. Halsted Street in Chicago.
Pace and CTA joined forces to modernize public transportation along South Halsted Street and initiated a study to evaluate transit needs and identify potential improvements to better serve local communities.
The study corridor includes approximately 11 miles of South Halsted Street, from the Pace Harvey Transportation Center to 79th Street. The Project corridor includes east-west segments at 79th Street and 95th Street that connect with the existing CTA Red Line 79th and 95th/Dan Ryan rail stations, respectively.
With the help of a Corridor Advisory Group consisting of local community leaders, a Corridor Evaluation, Recommendations, and Project Strategy Final Report (Project Definition Report) was developed as part of an initial evaluation of the corridor. Pace and CTA will now present the results to the public for input. Stakeholder communities include Harvey, Phoenix, Dixmoor, Riverdale, Calumet Park, and the City of Chicago neighborhoods of West Pullman, Morgan Park, Roseland, Washington Heights, and Auburn Gresham.
South Halsted is an important transit corridor, serving 11,500 rides per day on Pace and CTA routes. Pace has identified South Halsted Street as a potential route for their new rapid transit service, Pulse. In addition, transit improvements developed in this study will complement CTA's planned extension of the Red Line to 130th Street from 95th Street.
The study is being funded by grants from the Chicago Metropolitan Planning Agency's United Works Program (UWP), Cook County's Invest in Cook program, and from operating funds from Pace and CTA. Federal funding programs, like Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) grants, are being explored for the construction of project service recommendations.
The Public Meeting will be presented in an open house format. Pace and CTA will provide information about the purpose and goals of the project, the environmental review process, proposed bus routes and connections, potential transit infrastructure improvements like bus-only lanes and queue jumps, and stakeholder involvement. You will have the opportunity to view a pre-recorded audiovisual presentation, review project exhibits, and speak with project team members on a one-on-one basis.
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