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Study Description

This plan explored transit oriented development opportunities along Milwaukee Avenue within the Village of Niles. The plan focused on strategies to improve transit facilities and services within the context of an overall effort to improve the function and aesthetics of the Milwaukee Avenue corridor. Improvements to transit facilities, new pedestrian amenities, streetscaping, traffic circulation, access to businesses, and potential redevelopment opportunities are major components addressed in the plan. Coordination with existing Pace service and the Niles Free Bus service was also explored.

Program:Community Planning
Program Year:2004
Project Type(s):Transit-Oriented Development Plan, Transit Improvement Plan
Grantee:Village of Niles
Current Activities:This project was initiated in March of 2005 and is now complete. The Niles Village Board approved the Milwaukee Avenue Plan on January 24, 2006.

The Village of Niles continues to implement the BOD Plan recommendations to improve transit-oriented development and increase access to transit. Since 2008, the Village has installed paver crosswalks, decorative fencing, new traffic signal poles with arms, street furniture, sidewalks, pedestrian light poles, and street trees along Milwaukee Avenue. These improvements foster pedestrian and transit environments while spurring community and economic development.

Through the CMAP Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program, a Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan was completed, and adopted by the Village in March 2014. This plan identifies steps the Village can pursue to further develop the pedestrian and bicycle networks throughout the Village.

Pace continues to advance Transit Signal Priority (TSP) and Arterial Rapid Transit (ART) along the corridor. Through an RTA Innovation, Coordination, and Enhancement (ICE) project, Pace will test the integration of transit signal priority technology that will allow CTA and Pace buses to interact with multiple types of traffic signal systems located on the same arterial.

Pace received a CMAQ grant in 2014 to fund the following components of Milwaukee Avenue ART from Jefferson Park to Golf Mill: Phase 1 Engineering, stations, real time information, ART vehicles, and queue jump lanes (where appropriate), which are elements of the Pace TSP Planning for the Milwaukee Avenue Arterial Rapid Transit. Pace held public open houses for its Milwaukee Avenue ART service in 2015 to solicit feedback.

Milwaukee Avenue will be the first Pace ART line - now titled Pace Pulse - to be implemented. Construction on shelters and other supporting infrastructure will begin in summer of 2017 with an expected opening of the line in 2018. For more information regarding the Pace Pulse program, visit http://pulse.pacebus.com/.
Information Updated:May 2017
Study Documents
Village of Niles: Milwaukee Avenue Plan (January, 2006)
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Related Transit Assets
Pace Bus Routes:270 Milwaukee Avenue accessible
411 West Niles Local accessible
412 North Niles Circulator accessible
Related Jurisdictions
Municipalities:Chicago, Niles, Park Ridge
US Congressional Districts:10 Brad Schneider, 5 Mike Quigley, 9 Jan Schakowsky
Illinois Senate Districts:10 Robert F. Martwick, 8 Ram Villivalam
Illinois House Districts:15 John C. D'Amico, 20 Bradley Stephens
County Board Districts:Cook 13, Cook 9
Chicago Wards:41 Anthony V. Napolitano
Councils of Mayors:Chicago, Northwest
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