Transportation News

Sheridan/Noyes and Tech Institute Stops Unavailable Through September 11

Effective immediately through Friday, September 11, the Sheridan/Noyes and Tech shuttle stops on the Intercampus route will be temporarily unavailable and some buses rerouted due to construction.

  • Chicago-bound buses will reroute at Orrington Avenue and Noyes Street, going north to Lincoln Street, turning right onto Lincoln Street and following that to Sheridan Road and resuming the regular route. During construction riders should wait south of the Sheridan/Noyes intersection near the middle of the parking lot.
  • Ryan Field-bound buses are not rerouted but during construction riders should wait south just south of the Tech stop near Haven Street.

Project information can be found at cityofevanston.org/news/2015/08/temporary-traffic-control-plan-scheduled-for-comed-conduit-installation-beginning-august-31/.

Union + Ogilvie Station Stop – Temporary Relocations

Construction on Chicago's new Bus Rapid Transit System has begun. It is expected to last through the end of 2015, with some lasting into spring 2016. Due to this construction the pick-up and drop-off locations for Ogilvie and Union stations may be affected, sometimes unexpectedly. We do our best to be proactive about impacts, but at times these may change unexpectedly. As we are able, announcements will be posted here on Transportation News. Thank you for your patience during this time. Information about the project may be found at brtchicago.com.


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 pmerkey@northwestern.edu or 3-5540. If he is on an extended absence, contact shuttle@northwestern.edu or 3-8129.