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Huskie Bus Line
The Huskie Bus is a free service to all active NIU students with a valid NIU OneCard. It serves the main campus, including classroom buildings, parking lots, offices, and residence halls as well as routes heading off campus to local apartments, shopping centers, and food establishments. One route serves the Sycamore shopping areas as well.
Huskie Buses run beginning between 7:00 and 7:30 a.m. and run until 1:00-2:00 a.m. These times vary depending on the route and season. However, this is the regular schedule for class days. During late night hours, NIU also offers a late night ride service.
The two main routes that serve the main campus are Circle Right and Circle Left. The only difference between these routes is that they progress around the main campus route in reverse directions. Circle Left leaves the Holmes Student Center turning left onto Lucinda, headed towards the residence halls, via the DuSable Classroom area bus stop. Circle Right leaves HSC turning right onto Lucinda and proceeds toward Barsema Hall, Engineering, Music, and Art buildings, then out to Lincoln Highway. Both buses begin and end their circular routes at the HSC.
Circle Right and Circle Left service each bus stop every 10 minutes from approximately 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on class days, with less frequent 15-30 minute intervals outside that range.
There are also several routes that service local apartments and areas within DeKalb. In addition, there is a single route to Sycamore for shopping and restaurants.
For information about other routes, holiday, weekend, special runs, route maps, and other information, please visit the Huskie Bus Web site.
Late Night Ride Service
The late night ride service will pick up any student with no questions asked. The Late Night Ride Service is operated out of the NIU Police Department. The system is set up where you can call for a ride and the first available vehicle is dispatched to pick you up. If you call at 1:00 am (bar closing), you may have to wait 1 hour or more. The wait the rest of the time is between 5 minutes to 30 minutes. Generally, people are not allowed to call ahead as it is a first come first served service. However, you can call 30 minutes ahead during a busy time. The Late Night Ride Service provides service within the city of DeKalb. The service runs from 3:00 pm to 6:00 am, and the busiest time for Late Night Ride Service is Midnight to 2:00 am Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night. The Huskie Student Patrol also provides a "Walk Safe" service to those who do not wish to walk alone between 6:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. Call 815-753-9658 to arrange a "Walk Safe" escort.
Elburn Shuttle (to Elburn Train Station)
The Elburn Shuttle bus is run through the Huskie Bus service and charges a student rate for all current NIU students who carry an NIU OneCard. Currently, the shuttles run only Friday and Sunday in the afternoon and early evening.
Visit the Elburn Shuttle information page for current rates and contact information.
Route 7 of the Huskie Bus Line services the Sycamore shopping areas. This route is free to students and runs once per hour, leaving from the bus shelter just across from the bus turnaround at the Holmes Student Center. For information, visit www.huskieline.com.