Transportation News

Sheridan Road Construction Reroute Tuesday, February 9

On Tuesday, February 9, 2016, all northbound traffic will be rerouted off Sheridan Road between Colfax Street and Lincoln Street beginning at 7:00 a.m. and ending by 5:00 p.m. Shuttle buses will pick up Patten Gym riders on the northeast corner of Sheridan Road and Lincoln Street.

Parking will be prohibited on Colfax Street between Orrington Avenue and Sheridan Road during this time to accommodate the increase in traffic. Parking is available in the North Campus Parking Garage for $8.00 per day. For alternative street parking information, please contact City of Evanston Parking Services at 847-448-4311. Please allow for extra travel time as shuttles may experience delays due to traffic congestion or unexpected reroutes. All shuttles can be tracked using the DoubleMap tracker.

This is part of an ongoing construction project on Sheridan Road improving water main lines from Emerson Street, just north of the Weber Arch, to Lincoln Street, where Patten Gymnasium is located. The project is expected to be completed by late May.

Campus Loop and Chicago Express Rerouted Due to Construction

Due to the Mudd Library Renovation and Expansion project the Campus Loop and Chicago Express shuttles are rerouted. This reroute affects the Patten Gym and Henry Crown Sports Pavilion stops. The Henry Crown Sports Pavilion stop is moved half a block to the west to where Campus Drive turns north. Patten Gym stop will not be in service and riders should use the Sheridan/Lincoln stop across the street as an alternative.

Union Station Stop Relocation

Beginning Monday, January 11, 2016, the Union Station stop will be permanently moved one half-block south to the southwest corner of Clinton and Quincy. Due to the implementation of CTA's Loop Link lanes, the Union Station shuttle pick-up and drop-off location must be relocated. Private buses are not allowed to stop within the red lanes dedicated for CTA buses.

Important Notice Regarding Ryan Field Shuttle Stop and Charter Buses

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 in the parking lot 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
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:

  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.