What is the South Halsted Bus Corridor Enhancement Project?
This project consists of a study that will result in a set of recommendations to improve public transportation along South Halsted Street. The study corridor includes approximately 11 miles of South Halsted Street, from the Pace Harvey Transportation Center in the City of Harvey to 79th Street in the City of Chicago, servicing the communities of Harvey, Phoenix, Calumet Park, Riverdale, Dixmoor and the City of Chicago neighborhoods of West Pullman, Morgan Park, Roseland, Washington Heights, and Auburn Gresham.
This study is exploring potential transit improvements for the corridor’s 11,500 daily transit customers. Improvements being considered as part of the project include:
- Roadway treatments such as dedicated bus-only lanes and queue jumps
- Traffic signal optimization and transit prioritization
- Pace Pulse stations south of 95th Street
- Updated passenger amenities
- Realigned bus stops
- Accessibility improvements
- Enhanced coordination of Pace and CTA services
Transit improvements developed in this study will complement CTA’s planned extension of the Red Line to 130th Street from 95th Street. In addition, Pace has identified South Halsted Street from the CTA Red Line 95th/Dan Ryan Station to the Pace Harvey Transportation Center as a priority corridor for the implementation of Pulse service.
Where is the project located?
The project corridor is located along approximately 11 miles of South Halsted Street, from the Pace Harvey Transportation Center to 79th Street. The corridor also includes segments of 79th and 95th streets that provide connections from South Halsted Street to the CTA Red Line 79th and 95th/Dan Ryan stations. The project corridor will serve the communities of Harvey, Phoenix, Calumet Park, Riverdale, Dixmoor and the City of Chicago neighborhoods of West Pullman, Morgan Park, Roseland, Washington Heights, and Auburn Gresham. For location details, see the.
What is the process and schedule for the project?
Pace and CTA initiated the first phase of the planning study in early 2018. With community and agency input, a Corridor Evaluation, Recommendations, and Project Strategy Final Report was developed, outlining infrastructure improvement alternatives, preliminary locations for enhanced stations, preliminary service and operating plans, and project cost estimates. The project is following a federally mandated environmental review known as the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process to identify and evaluate potential impacts to the natural and built environment. The environmental review process was initiated in October 2019 and three corridor advisory group and public meetings taking place at various stages in the project. Using the study findings and public input, Pace and CTA will select the preferred proposed enhancements and station locations and begin advanced conceptual design. The schedule for design and construction is not yet determined. Learn more about the process and schedule.
Will the improvements allow me to transfer to other transit services?
Yes. There are numerous connections to Pace and CTA bus routes. The corridor also intersects with Metra Rock Island Line at the Gresham Station, Metra Electric Line at the West Pullman and Harvey Stations, and the CTA Red Line 95th/Dan Ryan and 79th Stations.