Procedures have been instituted to help keep you safe, whether you are a student or employee using the Huskie Bus to get around town or someone who needs to use a university vehicle for essential travel.

DeKalb Public Transit System (Huskie Buses)

The Huskie Line is a free bus service to all active NIU students with valid NIU OneCards. 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.

  • ETA SPOT is a GPS app you can download that lets you know where the Huskie Buses are at all times.
  • All public transit vehicles are thoroughly cleaned at least twice per day. This includes disinfecting commonly touched surfaces throughout the entire vehicle for the safety of the passengers and the bus operator.
  • All passengers capable of doing so must enter and exit through the rear door of the bus. Individuals using mobility devices, boarding with strollers or with small children can request the use of the front door.  
  • All passengers riding the DeKalb Public Transit System are required to wear face coverings. 
  • At this time, all fixed routes are limited to a maximum of 10 to 12 people on board a bus at any one time. This ensures physical distancing can occur between passengers. This number could increase with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and the State of Illinois.
  • All routes, with the exception of the Route 12 to the Elburn Metra Station, are fare-free at this time. Fare collection is anticipated to return in the near future. All NIU students, faculty and staff can ride any fixed route for free with valid NIU OneCards. The Route 12 to Elburn requires all passengers to purchase tickets from
  • All passengers should do their part by maintaining a safe distance when traveling on the bus.

NIU Transportation Services

Fleet vehicles remain available for approved use, and Transportation Services is taking proactive steps and implementing measures to keep our students, faculty, staff and vehicles safe, and to mitigate the spread of viruses and diseases.

The following information is a guiding tool for drivers and passengers using university-owned vehicles.

  • Avoid non-essential travel; if you must travel, do so alone when operationally feasible.
  • Wear masks when traveling with more than one person and when interacting with others, such as at a toll booth or drive-up window.
  • Drivers should ensure masks do not impede their vision or generally interfere with their ability to safely operate vehicles.
  • Limit contact with high-touch surfaces.
  • Maintain appropriate physical distancing as possible by keeping a 6-foot distance between individuals.
  • Handle your own belongings.

Transportation Services is taking steps to keep vehicles clean to help minimize the spread of viruses.

  • Cleaning high-touch areas after each use, such as:
    • Door handles
    • Steering wheel
    • Exposed dash surfaces
    • Radio controls
    • Seat belts and buckles
    • Cup holders
    • Gas door or cap
  • Removing any visible contamination from soft or porous surfaces, such as fabric seats, and cleaning appropriately afterward.





Fall 2020 Plan (PDF)

Message from President Freeman

COVID-19 Concerns Form

Back to top