Service Updates and Announcements
Shuttle Service Updates
The City of Evanston will begin reconstruction of Chicago Ave between Sheridan Rd and Grove St beginning the week of March 27. The full project is scheduled to last through mid-June. Please note the following current and expected upcoming impacts:
- Current Impacts
- The Chicago/Sheridan stop has temporarily moved to before the intersection.
- Chicago Ave is reduced to one lane in each direction. Traffic congestion in the area may increase shuttle travel times.
- Future Impacts
- In mid-May the Chicago/Davis stop will need to be temporarily relocated when work progresses to that stop. Relocation information will be noted above when it is moved.
- Also in mid-May the Chicago/Grove stop may be impacted as work progresses. Any impacts will be noted as the project develops.
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 northwestern.doublemap.com and on smartphone apps (search DoubleMap in the app store; in the app choose Northwestern University as the transit agency).
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.
As Northwestern University continues our efforts to strengthen relationships with the City of Evanston, University 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.
University 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:
- 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.
- 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.
Wildcat Days Parking
Parking for Undergraduate Admission's Wildcat Days (Monday April 10 and Monday April 17) is in the South Campus parking garage, 1841 Sheridan Road. Lots on the south end of campus will experience heavier than normal congestion, and some lots, including the garages, may fill to capacity. Faculty, staff and student parkers are encouraged to plan in advance for this event and leave extra time to locate parking. The North Garage and the Engelhart Hall lot (Foster St./Maple Ave.) are alternate options for parking.
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 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.
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)
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 permits ("R", "R9") will continue to have access to the North Garage as construction activities continue in the vicinity of the Reservoir lot (# 104).Back to top