The Northern Illinois University Huskie Pup Line is back to running regularly this week with a new route that operates on university-owned streets and parkways and serves residence halls.
The new route takes into account Student Association focus group feedback regarding transportation needs and are compliant with state law. The Pups will run from Stevenson and Grant Towers to New Hall, the NIU Recreation Center, Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center, crossing Lucinda to the DuSable/Evans Field House circle turnaround to a circle turnaround on the west side of the MLK Commons, just west of the Commons Café, located in the center of the MLK Commons. The electric vehicles then return the opposite direction, providing students easy, free transportation to the campus core for students, faculty and staff.
“NIU is committed to making the campus experience as positive as possible for our entire community,” says Interim Associate Vice President for Facilities Management and Campus Services John Cheney. “The Pups program is an opportunity for us to provide a service intended to make getting across campus easier. We will continue to evaluate the best way to meet the needs of campus and welcome feedback and suggestions on how we can improve the Pups.”
The Pups will make their spring debut on Saturday, running a loop from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. to serve attendees of the Huskie Bowl and Communiversity Block Party. The Saturday trial run is intended to explore additional uses for the Pups for transportation to and from athletics events, concerts and special events, similar to how golf carts are utilized for open houses and orientations.
“The Student Association is excited to see how the Huskie Pups impact students’ transportation needs,” NIU Student Association Director of Transportation Brett Williams says.