Alternative Transportation Services

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Borrow-a-Bike Program

The Borrow-a-Bike program provides currently-enrolled students, faculty and staff with a free and environmentally-friendly alternative mode of transportation for getting around campus. Bicycles are available at Campus Parking Services on a first-come, first-served basis. The program also provides a lock and helmet with every bike rental.  


Huskie Bus Line

The Huskie Line is paid for through student fees, and is free to use by anyone with a valid NIU ID.  It is also available for public community use for a small fee.  Use the Huskie Line website to explore the different bus routes and find the one that services your area.  You can also use the Huskie Bus Tracker. This interactive map allows you to track the location of every bus at any given moment.   
The Huskie Line also offers a shuttle service to the Elburn train station which travels to the suburbs and major cities.  

"Approximately 2 million students, staff and residents of the City of DeKalb ride the Huskie Line during the 34,400 hours of service annually.  The system is funded 100% from student fees and fare box revenues. An extensive fare free area exists that includes the Northern Illinois University campus and parts of the City of DeKalb.  Huskie Line has an impeccable average for this service of only 5 complaints per 100,000 passengers." -Huskie Line website 


Commuter Carpool Connections Program

Off-Campus & Non-Traditional Student Services at Northern Illinois University is proud to offer this free carpool service to students, faculty, and staff. This service is intended to reduce commuting costs, ease parking congestion on campus, and promote informal interactions among students, faculty, and staff at NIU.  The Commuter Carpool Connections service is a secure database that will match you with other commuters in your area through anonymous e-mails generated within the database.


Walking Guide

This guide, provided by Parking Services, gives walkers an estimate of how much time it takes to travel from one building to another.  The City of Dekalb received a grant in late 2012, which part of the grant will be used to improve connectivity of walking and bike paths.  


Late Night Ride Service

The Late Night Ride Service provides free, door to door, no questions asked rides to NIU students on a daily basis, 10 pm until 6 am. The service operates out of the Department of Public Safety and is staffed by the dedicated members of our Security Guard Division.