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Transportation & Parking

Information for riders and drivers

service updates and announcements

Commuter Benefits Recognized

Northwestern University has been named one of the 2020 Best Workplaces for Commuters

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Northwestern made the list because they offer transportation choices that include a shuttle program, telework, flexible work schedules, carpool/vanpool programs, and bicycle facilities. Northwestern gives its employees the support they need to get to and from work and be at their best before, during, and after their workday.”

Julie Bond
Program Manager, Best Workplaces for Commuters

Service Updates and Announcements

COVID-19 Service Information: Updated information about Shuttles and parking operations at this time.

Shuttle Service Announcements:

Evanston Parking Announcements

  • City of Evanston Water Reservoir ProjectThe City of Evanston Lincoln Street Water Reservoir construction project is in progress.  Construction activity/traffic is expected on Lincoln Street and North Campus Drive. Members of the campus community are urged to use caution and allow extra time when driving or walking near the work site.  The project is expected to be completed in summer 2021.
  • Lot Closings: There are currently no lot closings.
  • Student Parking Permit Returns: Winter quarter student permit returns are now being accepted.  Due to extended spring break and subsequent remote classes, there is no deadline for permit returns at this time.

  • Garage/Lot Capacity Update: The following events may affect capacity, traffic and congestion in the parking garages and lots.  Parkers should allow extra time and plan to use alternate lots if necessary: No events at this time.
  • Parking Reminders: Storage of vehicles in main campus lots and garages for periods longer than 48 consecutive hours is prohibited.  
  • Parking lot gates and pay stations: Parking controls (gates, card readers and pay stations) in the North and South Parking Garages are now operating.
  • North Garage: While the North Garage frequently reaches capacity, there are generally parking spaces available in the South Garage (# 211) and the Engelhart Hall lot (# 239) throughout the day.
  • Contractor parking: Construction contractors for all capital projects are prohibited from parking in all main campus lots, including the North Garage (# 105), South Garage (# 211) and South Beach two level structure (# 214, 215).
  • Resident permit parking in North Garage Resident student permits ("R", "R9") will continue to have access to the North Garage.