Many alumni and visitors will be traveling to NIU this weekend for Homecoming events, and the NIU Department of Police and Public Safety recognizes that this will increase the demand for the Late Night Ride Service. To enhance safety, better serve the university community and address the unique demands of Homecoming weekend, modifications to the Late Night Ride Service will be made. These changes will continue to make the roadways safer by providing rides to members of the community who have limited resources to other alternatives.
From Thursday, Oct. 10 through Saturday, Oct. 12, the service area will be reduced in order to minimize wait time and provide service in the areas where the demand is the greatest. The hours of service will be the same, 10 p.m. – 6 a.m.
Service will be provided within the following boundaries:
- Dresser Road (North)
- Taylor Street (South)
- Fourth Street (East)
- President’s Boulevard (West)
The NIU Department of Police and Public Safety encourages those who normally use Late Night Ride Services to travel to places outside this weekend’s service area to plan ahead. They should consider alternate transportation options such as the Huskie Bus Line if their travel destinations are to places that extend beyond the service area.
Originally started by students in the 1980s, NIU’s Late Night Ride Service provides free, door to door rides to NIU students on a daily basis from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. The service, which is now operated by the Department of Police and Public Safety, operates five vans seven days a week, 365 days a year.
The Late Night Ride Service can be requested by calling 815-753-2222 and providing a pickup location, destination, number of riders, first name, a call-back number for use in case of delays and any special needs that the staff should be made aware of.
Homecoming is among the most exciting and enjoyable campus events of the year. The Department of Police and Public Safety recommends that students, alumni, and guests utilize good judgment and apply sound personal safety practices in an effort to help ensure a fun and safe Homecoming weekend for all.