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Study Description

This project was sponsored by the Southwest Conference of Mayors and resulted in a plan to improve traffic movement and transit options along Harlem Avenue from 63rd Street to I-80, making Harlem Avenue a more vibrant and active corridor in the southwest suburbs.

Program:Community Planning
Program Year:2009
Project Type(s):Transit-Oriented Development Plan, Transit Improvement Plan
Grantee:Southwest Conference of Mayors
Current Activities:The Southwest Conference of Mayors hosted a Developers Summit on September 2013 to discuss the recommendations of the Harlem Avenue Corridor Plan with potential developers.

In late 2013 Pace received CMAQ funding for Pedestrian Infrastructure Improvements along and / or adjacent to Pace Routes along the Harlem Avenue Corridor. This project funds concrete pads and sidewalks, implementing recommendations from the Harlem Avenue Corridor CP projects.

Pace continues to advance construction for the Toyota Park Transit Center, with a ground breaking ceremony that took place on November 12, 2013. Meanwhile, new Bus on Shoulder (BoS) service began October 24, 2016 between the Pace Toyota Park Transit Center & Park-n-Ride in Bridgeview and the East Loop and North Michigan Avenue in Chicago. Route 856 buses will be allowed to ride on the shoulder along I-55 when traffic is congested.

Pace initiated the Tinley Park Call-n-Ride in August 2014. Pace continues to advance transit signal priority and designated route restructuring throughout the corridor. A new Pete's Fresh Market is scheduled to open in Spring 2015 in Bridgeview, and a mixed-use residential and retail building will be completed in 2015 in Palos Heights. Additionally, the Village of Chicago Ridge has created a TIF District for the Yellow Freight site, which has significant frontage on Harlem Avenue; the Village of Tinley Park is pursuing development of a Master Plan for the Mental Health Center site, near 183rd and Harlem; and a Harlem Avenue Overlay District Rezoning Plan is in the process of being adopted by the Palos Heights City Council.

The Village of Worth, a corridor town, completed a "Planning Priorities Report" through the CMAP LTA Program as well as TOD Plan for the area surrounding the Worth Metra Station through the 2015 RTA Community Planning program.

The City of Palos Heights received Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) funding, via the RTA's Access to Transit Improvement Program, for access to transit capital improvements, as recommended in the Harlem Avenue Corridor Plan. Installation of these improvements were completed in summer of 2016.
Information Updated:January 2019
Study Documents
Executive Summary-Harlem Avenue Corridor Plan (December, 2011)
Funding Sources-Harlem Avenue Corridor Plan (December, 2011)
Harlem Avenue Corridor Plan (December, 2011)
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Counties:Cook, Will
Municipalities:Bedford Park, Bridgeview, Burbank, Chicago, Chicago Ridge, Oak Forest, Oak Lawn, Orland Park, Palos Heights, Palos Hills, Summit, Tinley Park, Worth
US Congressional Districts:1 Bobby Rush, 3 Dan Lipinski
Illinois Senate Districts:11 Martin A. Sandoval, 12 Steven M. Landek, 14 Emil Jones, III, 16 Jacqueline Y. Collins, 18 Bill Cunningham, 19 Michael E. Hastings
Illinois House Districts:21 Celina Villanueva, 22 Michael J. Madigan, 23 Michael J. Zalewski, 27 Justin Slaughter, 28 Robert Rita, 31 Mary E. Flowers, 32 Andre Thapedi, 35 Frances Ann Hurley, 36 Kelly M. Burke, 37 Margo McDermed, 38 Debbie Meyers-Martin
County Board Districts:Cook 11, Cook 16, Cook 17, Cook 6, Will 2
Chicago Wards:23 Silvana Tabares
Councils of Mayors:Central, Chicago, South, Southwest
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