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Travel Sustainably

You can conserve resources, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and improve air quality by choosing sustainable transportation options such as walking, biking and public transportation. Northwestern offers facilities and resources that make it easier to take advantage of alternative transportation options.

Walking

When traveling short distances, consider walking rather than driving. Northwestern’s campuses are designed to be pedestrian friendly. Exploring the green features of campus on foot makes for great exercise. Check out Northwestern’s Campus Sustainability Maps for both the Evanston and Chicago campuses here

Biking

Biking is a green and healthy form of transportation. As a level Silver Bike Friendly University, Northwestern is committed to providing an accommodating environment for cyclists and encouraging students, and faculty, and staff in their cycling efforts. The University is working with the cities of Evanston and Chicago to create more protected bike lanes designated bike routes. Click here for resources that can help you get going on a bike.

Those who want access to a bike without owning a bike can benefit from a Divvy bike sharing membership. Three of the 10 Divvy stations in Evanston are on or adjacent to campus. Divvy bikes are already available in Chicago, and several stations are located near Northwestern’s Chicago campus. For more information on Divvy, click here.  The new Divvy Explorer Pass lets you ride all day for only $15.

Public transportation

Northwestern’s Evanston and Chicago campuses are close to multiple public transportation options including buses, trains, and campus shuttles.

During the academic year, September 1 through June 30, the CTA 201 bus that runs adjacent to the Evanston campus along Sheridan Road is free to students, faculty, staff, and anyone else with valid Northwestern University ID.

Benefits-eligible employees who commute to Northwestern using public transit can reduce their transportation costs by signing up for the Commuter Pre-Tax Transit program through Human Resources. 

Check maps and schedules for local public transportation services at the following sites.

Electric Vehicles

Electric vehicle charging stations are available for use on both the Evanston and the Chicago campuses. Locations can be found on the Northwestern Campus Sustainability Maps. There are three easy ways to use the new charging stations:

  1. Call the 800 number located on the cap of the ChargePoint station and pay over the phone with a credit card.
  2. Sign for a free membership with the ChargePoint network and receive a ChargePoint card. After activating the card, simply tap the machine with the card to check in at any ChargePoint charger and begin charging.
  3. Download the ChargePoint mobile application. From the mobile application you can enter your payment information and monitor your vehicle's interaction with the charger remotely.
The policy for using the electric vehicle charging stations on campus can be found on the Transportation & Parking services website.

Campus shuttles

The Campus shuttles are free to students, faculty, and staff with a valid WildCARD. The campus shuttles travel around the Evanston campus, from the Evanston campus to downtown Evanston, and between the Evanston and Chicago campuses. Check schedules and find stops here.

Safe Ride

Safe Ride is a service provided to members of the Northwestern community as a safe and free alternative to walking alone after dark. Safe Ride operates from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. seven days a week during the academic year when classes are in session, excluding summer session. Safe Ride fuel efficient hybrid vehicles to provide rides from campus to off campus destinations within Evanston and back to campus. The best way to request a ride is to download the TransLoc App here.

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