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Service Updates and Announcements

Shuttle Service Updates

Sheridan Road Bike Lane Closures - through April 30

As part of the Sheridan Road project, 41 trees will be planted along the east side of Sheridan Road, Wednesday, April 25 through Monday, April 30. The locations are between the Arch moving north to Noyes Street. There will be intermittent closures of the bike lane where crews are planting. All bike riders will be asked to walk bicycles on the sidewalk between open sections of the bike lane. Please use caution when approaching these areas on the bike path and be prepared to make a detour and walk your bike.

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

North Garage

While the North Garage has experienced some capacity issues, there are generally available parking spaces in the South Garage (1841 Sheridan Rd.) and the Engelhart Hall lot (1915 Maple Ave.) throughout the day.

Parking Reminders

Storage of vehicles in main campus lots is prohibited for periods of longer than 48 hours.  Vehicles may not be stored in Ryan Field lots for more than 5 consecutive days, and must be removed for all home football games.

Lot Closings

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.

Student Parking Permit Returns

 The final cutoff date for student parking permit returns is April 9, 2018.  No student permit returns will be accepted after that date.

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.