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Shuttle Service Updates

Chicago Express Affected by Parade of Lights - Saturday, November 18

On Saturday, November 18 the Chicago Express will be affected by the Lights Festival Tree-Lighting Parade on the Magnificent Mile. The Pearson/Mies Van Der Rohe stop will be moved to Pearson/Inner Lake Shore Drive. The bus will then continue south on Inner Lake Shore Drive to Ontario Street. The bus will turn right onto Ontario Street to Fairbanks Court. At Fairbanks Court, the bus will turn left to resume the rest of the route. The surrounding area is expected to see an increase of traffic so riders are advised to plan extra travel time.

Thanksgiving Holiday Service

Please note the following changes to University shuttle services in light of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday:

Sheridan Rd Reconstruction Now Complete

The City of Evanston has re-opened Sheridan Road from Chicago Avenue to Lincoln Street. To enhance the safety of the community and increase boarding convenience for our shuttle riders, we want to advise you that some shuttle stop locations along Sheridan Road were moved, shuttle platforms and a curbside cut-out were added to certain stops and two Intercampus shuttle stops will be relocated. All shuttle stop signage will be moved to the new shuttle stop locations.

Location changes and improvements to northbound and southbound Sheridan Road shuttle stops for Intercampus, Evanston Loop, Evanston Frostbite, Campus Loop, Campus Frostbite, Shop-N-Ride and Chicago Express:

Note: There are no changes to the Weber Arch, Patten Gym, Sheridan/Lincoln, Sheridan/Foster or Chicago/Sheridan stops.

Thank you for your patience during the City of Evanston’s Sheridan Road construction project.

Intercampus Shuttle Stops Moved - Effective Monday, November 6

On November 6, 2017, the following two Intercampus shuttle stops were relocated:

Important Notice Regarding Ryan Field Shuttle Stop and Charter Buses

As Northwestern University continues our efforts to strengthen relationships with the City of Evanston, Transportation Services is taking steps to curb both air and noise pollution thereby reducing the number of disturbances to our neighbors in the community surrounding Ryan Field. To help further these efforts, please be advised of the following:

Boarding Shuttles at Ryan Field

When boarding shuttles at Ryan Field, it is essential that all riders are waiting at the bus shelter at the scheduled departure time. The shuttle will "load and go" as it does at all other stops on the route. This means it will pull into the lot at the scheduled departure time, load passengers standing at the stop, and immediately leave; it will no longer arrive at the stop early in order to wait for riders to exit their vehicle, gather their belongings, and walk to the shuttle stop to board. This will reduce the time shuttles are in the parking lot thus lessening the impact to our neighbors.

Charter Buses

Transportation Services encourages the Northwestern University community to work with us when chartering a bus for an event. There are numerous advantages to working with us, including discounted rates, ease of payment, and quality assurance. However, if you choose to charter a bus independently or have a group coming to campus, it is required that you communicate to that company or group two important rules:

  1. No buses may idle in the Ryan Field lots. Parking in the lots with their engine off is acceptable, but if needed in that area for pick-up, buses must instead stage on Ashland Avenue between Central Street and Isabella Street.  
  2. Drivers must abide by the City of Evanston Anti-Idling Ordinance. Buses may not idle for more than 5 minutes in any 60-minute period. Violators may be subject to fines.

Parking Announcements

2016/17 Parking Permits Are Now Expired

2016/17 parking permits are now expired.  Any faculty, staff or student that needs to renew their permit, or purchase a new permit should visit the Parking Office.  Vehicles displaying expired permits are subject to ticketing.

Parking Reminders

Storage of vehicles in main campus lots is prohibited for periods of longer than 48 hours.  Vehicles may not be stored in Ryan Field lots for more than 5 consecutive days, and must be removed for all home football games.

Lot Closings

LARC Drive and the Crown Sports east lot (#108) will be closed long term to accommodate the construction of the new Ryan Fieldhouse and Walter Athletics Center.  The Reservoir lot (#104) will close for the winter months beginning November 23.  Some sections of the two level South Beach deck (# 214) will close for pavement repairs beginning Tuesday, November 21. 

Parking Lot Gates and Pay Stations

Parking controls (gates, card readers and pay stations) in the North and South Parking Garages are now operating.  Current permit holders will gain access to the garages by swiping their Wildcard at the entrance gates.  Daily parking for those without current permits is available for an $8.00 fee.  Daily parking may be paid for at pay stations located in each elevator lobby.  Further detailed information is available on this web site under the Policies & Information tab above.

Football Parking

 The Ryan Field parking lots are reserved for season ticket holder parking (with game passes).  All vehicles must vacate the Ryan Field lots by 1:00 am on home football game days (September 2 &16; October 7, 21 & 28; November 11 & 18).  Ryan lots will reopen for season ticket holder parking four hours before kickoff.  Free parking is available in all main campus lots, with free shuttles provided to the stadium

Contractor Parking

Construction contractors are prohibited from parking in all main campus lots and garages.  Contractor Lot permits will be valid only in the Ryan Field West and East  parking lots (# 101/ 102).  A free contractor shuttle is provided.

Resident Student Parking in North Garage

Resident Student permits ("R", "R9") will continue to have access to the North Garage as construction activities continue in the vicinity of the Reservoir lot (# 104).

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