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Shuttle Service Updates

Sheridan Rd Reconstruction Project - updated September 18

The City of Evanston is reconstructing Sheridan Rd between Chicago Ave and Lincoln St. The full project is scheduled to last through mid-October. During this work several shuttle stops along Sheridan Rd have been temporarily relocated to the pedestrian crossings. There will be visible signage to help identify the location of the temporary stops. Please review the details below regarding impacts to each stop.

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).

Academic Year Shuttle Service

Academic year shuttles have begun service.

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.

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

2017/18 Parking Permits

2017/18 parking permits will be available on September 1.  Faculty and staff with current main campus permits will receive an e-mail on September 7 with a link the the permit renewal web site and may renew online.  All 2016/17 parking permits will expire on October 1.  Ryan Field "D" permits will be valid in main campus Commuter (green) lots and garages through September 18.

Student Move-In

Parking permits will not be required and garage gates will be open beginning September 6 through 18 to accommodate student move-in.  Please note that all other parking regulations (fire lanes, posted no parking areas, reserved spaces, etc.) remain in effect.  Students are remined that there may be some street and/or parking lot closing related to the ongoing City of Evanston's Sheridan Road construction project.

Lot Closings

The Sargent Hall lot (# 111), the Goodrich Service Drive (# 110) and the Patten Gym lot will be closed from September 5 though late October to accommodate the City of Evanston's Sheridan Road construction project. The three west rows of the Cook Hall lot (# 122) will close on September 5 for a Facilities Management short term paving project.  The lots adjacent to 555 Clark and 1810 Hinman will be closed September 5-8 for paving.  The 630 Dartmouth lot will be closed September 5-8 for paving.   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.

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 seaon 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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