Project Process & Schedule
Pace initiated the planning phase in late 2015 and met with agencies and local municipalities to develop initial design concepts and preliminary station locations. A Dempster Line Project Definition Report was developed and outlines preliminary service and operating plans and project cost estimates. Coordination continued during the environmental analysis and advanced conceptual design which was completed in February, 2018.
The project is currently in the final design phase and though subject to change, construction is anticipated to begin in 2021.
In 2017, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning approved a $10 million grant for construction of the Dempster Line. That construction grant is funded through the Federal Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) 2018-2022 program.
Stakeholder and public outreach are ongoing throughout the program.
Dempster Street is a heavily traveled route with a variety of connections to major destinations, including O’Hare International Airport, and other public transit services, such as Pace and CTA bus routes and Metra and CTA rail lines. The Pulse Dempster Line will provide service between the Davis Street CTA/Metra Station in Evanston and the O’Hare International Airport Kiss-n-Fly and Metra O’Hare Transfer station.
What will happen to Pace's Route 250?
The Pulse Dempster Line will complement existing Route 250 service by providing faster, more frequent service to the most popular destinations along the Dempster Street corridor.
The Pulse stations will be strategically located to serve current Pace customers along the corridor. The Dempster Line stations will be located roughly every half mile between Evanston and the O’Hare International Airport.
Pace anticipates that many current Route 250 riders will use the Dempster Line and the line will likely attract new riders because of the faster travel times, increased frequency, and improved on-time performance. While changes to Route 250 service frequency may be considered, any significant changes will be subject to a public hearing.
Where Are We Now?
Final design of the Pulse Dempster Line is currently underway. Construction is being funded by a Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) grant and is anticipated to begin in 2021.
Dempster Line - Public Involvement
Throughout the project, stakeholder involvement activities for the Pulse Dempster Line will involve outreach to stakeholders and coordination with communities, businesses, public agencies, interest groups, and the general public.
As the project proceeds, public involvement and outreach efforts will be a priority. Pace will connect with its customers, the general public, affected property owners, communities, and business groups through outreach activities including a project website, public meetings, and one-on-one stakeholder meetings.