Metra and Pace, in collaboration with the City of Harvey, are embarking on an impressive project to modernize and relocate the Pace Harvey Transportation Center. The transit hub is home to 10 Pace bus routes with nearly 2,500 boardings each weekday. The project includes the reconstruction of the transportation center on partially vacated Park Avenue adjacent to the renovated existing Metra Electric Line Harvey Station. This will ensure safer and easier transfers by connecting the Metra Electric Line which runs between Millennium Station in downtown Chicago and the South Side and south suburbs.
The entire facility will be accessible to people with disabilities and include a dedicated area for ADA paratransit vehicles, resulting in an upgraded riding experience and enhanced commuter access for all throughout south Cook County.
Project benefits include:
- Easier transfers between Pace buses and Metra trains, especially for people with mobility limitations.
- Enhanced commute access for those traveling into Chicago and the northern suburbs.
- Improved, fully-ADA compliant service, including a dedicated area for ADA paratransit vehicles, for riders with disabilities who use fixed route and/or paratransit service.
- New, interior waiting areas and passenger restrooms.
- A reconstructed exterior Metra waiting area.
- A canopied Pace boarding area with four additional bus bays.
- Metra platform improvements with new platform canopy.
- An expanded Metra entrance at Park Ave and 154th Street and a modernized Metra entrance at 155th Street.
- New retail space
- Modernized elevator
- A consolidated commuter parking lot
- Bicycle parking
- New lighting and wayfinding
- Increased hiring opportunities for hundreds of construction jobs in south suburban communities in need of reinvestment.
This project also aligns with the federal government’s new Justice40 economic investment initiative, as bus routes serving this hub travel through some of Illinois’ most underserved communities.