What is Pulse?
Pulse is Pace's cutting-edge arterial rapid transit (ART) buses that offers riders limited stops, modern train-like stations with raised platforms, improved ADA access and frequent service running every 15 to 20 minutes. Many of the lines also benefit from transit signal priority which has been shown to reduce bus travel times in major cities throughout the country.
What are the benefits of Pulse?
Pulse gets riders to their destinations quickly with more frequent service at the same low cost of riding regular fixed-route service.
Pulse bus service is comparable light rail train service but the construction and operational costs are significantly lower, making it a more affordable transportation option and very cost-effective to implement. Pulse is quicker to implement than traditional rail service because it utilizes existing road infrastructure, requiring less time for planning and construction.
Also, the higher frequency of Pulse service can accommodate larger numbers of passengers who benefit from amenity filled stations strategically placed to serve the highest ridership locations.
Pulse contributes to environmental sustainability by reducing traffic congestion and air pollution. By encouraging the use of public transportation, Pulse helps decrease the number of private vehicles on the road, leading to lower emissions and improved air quality.
Additionally, signal priority at intersections helps reduce congestion, improve traffic flow, and make public transportation more reliable and efficient.
Pulse also enhances social equity by providing affordable and efficient transportation options, particularly for low-income residents and for riders with disabilities, who often rely on public transportation as their primary mode of travel. It helps bridge gaps in access to jobs, education, and other essential services.
Where are the Pulse lines located?
Pulse service currently exists on Milwaukee Ave. and Dempster St. and additional lines are planned for Halsted Ave., 95th Street, Harlem Ave. and Cermak Rd.