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Service Updates and Announcements

Shuttle Service Updates

End of Academic Year Service Changes

Please note the following changes to University shuttle service for summer.

Sheridan Road Closure - Sunday, June 18

Sheridan Road will be closed to vehicular traffic between Central St and Clark St on Sunday, June 18 from 7am to 10am for the Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate. Please plan your travel accordingly to avoid lengthy delays.

Chicago Ave Reconstruction Project - updated June 9

The City of Evanston begin reconstruction of Chicago Ave between Sheridan Rd and Grove St the week of March 27. The full project is scheduled to last through mid-June. Please note the following current and expected upcoming impacts:

We thank you for your patience during this construction project. We will be working closely with the City during the project to minimize impacts as much as possible. Please understand that unforeseen impacts may occur without notice. We advise everyone to plan extra travel time during the project and to track the buses' location using DoubleMap. DoubleMap is real-time GPS tracking of all of the buses and can be viewed online at and on smartphone apps (search DoubleMap in the app store; in the app choose Northwestern University as the transit agency).

Sherman/Emerson stop moved

Due to Willard Residential College construction the Sherman/Emerson stop has been moved one block south to the southeast corner of Sherman Ave and University Pl.

Weber Arch Stop Reminder

Facilities Management is currently working on replacement of steam piping to 1902 Sheridan Road. Due to pedestrian rerouting for this project, riders utilizing the Weber Arch stop are reminded to be safe pedestrians and utilize the marked crosswalk at Sheridan and Chicago.

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.

For questions about this notice, please contact Paul Merkey, Transportation Manager at or 3-5540. If he is on an extended absence, contact or 3-8129.

Parking Announcements

Summer Parking

Summer permits will go on sale June 1.  Permits are available for the monthly ($45.25) rate, and are valid from the date of purchase.  Current Wildcard or proof of summer program is required.  Summer parkers are reminded that storage of vehicles beyond 48 hours is prohibited in campus lots.  Ryan Field "D" permits will be valid in main campus Commuter (green) lots and garages beginning June 12, through the start of fall quarter.

Parking Reminder

Storage of vehicles for periods longer than 48 consecutive hours is prohibited in all main campus lots.

Lot Closings

The Noyes-Haven-Sheridan lot (# 132) will close June 26--July 7 (north side) and July 10--July 21 (south side); the 1922 Sheridan lot (# 237), the Blomquist Gym lot (# 129) and the Library Place lot (# 130) will close July 24--August 11 for construction related to the Sheridan Road lighting project.  The two east rows of the Cook Hall lot (# 122) will close on June 26 --August 8 for a Facilities Management sewer project.  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.

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.

Parking Permit Kiosk

Daily (same day) parking permits are available for purchase at an automated kiosk (credit card sales only) on the north end of campus (on LARC Drive #108), between the Sports and Aquatic Center and the Frances Searle building.  Please note that permits purchased at the kiosk are valid for parking in surface lots only.  They are not valid for parking in either the North or South Garage. (TEMPORARILY OUT OF SERVICE)

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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