The Chicago Transit Authority is reminding Northwestern University employees, students and faculty to take advantage of the new campus transit service starting this fall on the CTA’s Route 201 bus

During the school year, people displaying a valid and active Northwestern University-issued ID card can board CTA’s Route 201 Central/Ridge bus route for free.

As part of this unique, five-year agreement with Northwestern University, CTA’s 201 bus route replaces the University’s former Ryan Field Shuttle bus service.


Route 201 serves the Evanston campus, Ryan Field, Evanston’s central business district, the Old Orchard mall and the CTA Howard Street terminal.

Under the program, the university has agreed to reimburse the CTA the cost of fares for Northwestern students and employees who use the bus service during the academic year, from roughly Sept. 1 to June 30.

Service along the route is provided on weekdays from about 5 a.m. until 8 p.m. and on Saturdays between about 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.

In 2014, the route averaged roughly 2,000 rides each weekday and 1,100 on Saturdays. The Ryan Field Shuttle previously offered shorter weekday hours and no Saturday service.

CTA anticipates an additional 600 weekday rides along the bus route as a result of this new agreement. The service is also expected to reduce local traffic congestion by consolidating redundant local transit options.

A Route 201 route timetable is available online.

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