NIU anticipates $2.06 million to keep Huskie Line going round and round


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Huskie Line bus sitting outside of Holmes Student Center.

By Rachel Cormier, News Reporter

DeKALB – NIU will pay approximately $2.06 million to the city of DeKalb for the campus’ usage of the Huskie Bus Line and other paratransit services for 2023.

The DeKalb City Council approved the annual ordinance for NIU’s contribution to the DeKalb transit system. This includes the fixed Huskie Line routes and contracts for the paratransit bus service along with determined fuel costs.

Additional transits include the Elburn bus route to Elburn’s Metra station and the Huskie Safe Line, along with a discounted Park 88 route that is mainly used by DeKalb residents.

Based on an intergovernmental agreement, NIU agrees to pay a minimum of 40% of the total cost of the annual bus route and fuel costs for integrated travel services between DeKalb and the university.

The total anticipated cost of bus services was $5,360,882 for the city, while NIU’s anticipated contribution for 2023 would be $2,066,768.