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Travel Sustainably

You can conserve resources, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and improve air quality by choosing sustainable transportation options such as walking, biking and public transportation. Northwestern offers facilities and resources that make it easier to take advantage of alternative transportation options.


When traveling short distances, consider walking rather than driving. Northwestern’s campuses are designed to be pedestrian friendly.


Biking is a green and healthy form of transportation. Northwestern is committed to providing an accommodating environment for cyclists and encouraging students, and faculty, and staff staff in their cycling efforts. The University is working with the cities of Evanston and Chicago to create more protected bike lanes designated bike routes. Click here for resources that can help you get going on a bike.

Public transportation

Northwestern’s Evanston and Chicago campuses are close to multiple public transportation options including buses, trains, and campus shuttles. Check maps and schedules at the following sites.

Campus shuttles

The Campus shuttles are free to students, faculty, and staff with a valid WildCARD. Check schedules and find stops here.

Safe Ride

Safe Ride is a service provided to members of the Northwestern community as a safe and free alternative to walking alone after dark. Safe Ride operates from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. seven days a week during the academic year when classes are in session, excluding summer session. Safe Ride fuel efficient hybrid vehicles to provide rides from campus to off campus destinations within Evanston and back to campus. The best way to request a ride is to download the TransLoc App here.

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