By Bob Uphues
Pace, which operates buses in suburban Chicago, will host an open house this week to get public input and feedback on its proposed Pulse rapid transit proposal for Harlem Avenue from North Avenue to 71st Street.
The Central Harlem Avenue Corridor Study open house will be held on July 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Morton West High School, 2400 Home Ave. in Berwyn. Pace officials and project team members will be on hand to discuss the findings of its recently completed existing conditions survey.
Harlem Avenue is one of Pace's seven near-term priority Pulse corridors. Pulse is a new rapid-transit bus model, featuring fast and frequent service and buses that have amenities like WiFi and charging ports that allow riders to be productive during their commutes.
The Pulse buses would stop at fewer, designated locations along the corridor and run in addition to regular routes along Harlem Avenue. The buses would also be equipped with technology to lengthen green lights or shorten red lights to keep buses moving along the corridor.
The study's boundaries include the communities of Elmwood Park, Oak Park, River Forest, Forest Park, North Riverside, Riverside, Berwyn, Lyons, Stickney, Forest View, Chicago, Bedford Park, Summit and Bridgeview.
It may be years before such a bus line might operate along Harlem Avenue. The first Pulse line is nearing reality along the Milwaukee Avenue corridor between the Jefferson Park transit center in Chicago and Golf Mill Shopping Center in Niles.
Additional public open house events about the Harlem Avenue Corridor Study will be held this fall and will include initial recommendations.
More info is available at PaceBus.com/Pulse.