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Victor E. Huskie rides a Huskie Pup at the Communiversity Block Party on April 13 outside Huskie Stadium.

Huskie Pups make spring return

By Augustin Zehnder | April 13, 2015

Correction: This article said the golf cart-sized Huskie Pups bought by the Alumni Association are larger than the old Huskie Pups. They are actually smaller than the older Huskie Pups.The Huskie Pups are scheduled to return today with an expanded route...

Letter to the Editor: Transit director thanks students

By Brett Williams | April 8, 2015

In the four years I have been attending NIU, I’ve never been more proud of my fellow peers than during my time as your director of Mass Transit.The HUSKIELINE focus groups have been able to touch on something much deeper than just student transit. It’s...

Brett Williams, former Student Association director of Mass Transit, facilitates a focus group on the HuskieLine on Feb. 23 in the Campus Life Building. A new tracking system may debut next semester at the earliest, said Rob Jusino, Student Association director of Mass Transit.

3R, 3L routes coming back to Huskie Bus Line

By Augustin Zehnder | March 26, 2015

The HUSKIELINE will split the 4 route back into the 3R and 3L routes after complaints of overcrowding at a Tuesday focus group.Brett Williams, Student Association director of Mass Transit, opened the focus group by asking students what they found “annoying”...

Barsema Express added to Huskie Line after requests at focus group

By Andre Philliips | February 23, 2015

The Student Association is preparing to unveil the Barsema Express after suggestions for the route came from a focus group.The Barsema Express would begin at the Holmes Student Center and travel to DuSable Hall and the residence halls. Instead of heading...

Brett Williams, Student Association director of Mass Transit, facilitates the SA’s first open forum for student input on the Huskie Bus Line Wednesday in The Campus Life Building, Room 180. Students and members of the SA discussed adding and subtracting buses, extending bus line times and adding bus routes.

Focus group allows student input on buses

By Alexander Chettiath | February 12, 2015

Students proposed bus routes in the first student-centered focus group about the Huskie Line Wednesday.The focus group is the first of several the Student Association will host as it looks for input on changes to the Huskie Bus Line. A point of the change...

Sophomore kinesiology major Mitchell Rodriguez waits for the No. 11 weekend break circle route bus on Blackhawk Road Sunday. Huskie Bus Line routes will be revamped with input from students who will participate in focus groups. New routes will be introduced in the fall.

Huskie Line faces route, design revamp

By Augustin Zehnder | February 9, 2015

The Huskie Bus Line will see widespread changes involving student input on routes and possible student-created designs for the buses.The changes are being implemented as part of the Student Association’s spring strategic plan, which focuses on experience,...

SA’s motto good example for NIU

By Northern Star Editorial Board | February 8, 2015

The Student Association’s motto for the spring semester, “Engaging Student Solutions,” is a concept NIU can adopt in its initiatives.Experience, safety and health and sustainability will be the three “core tenants” of the SA’s goal to bring...

Huskie Pups may come back after spring break

By Frank Gogola | February 5, 2015

NIU will decide in the coming weeks when it will bring the Huskie Pups out of hibernation, although Brett Williams, Student Association director of Mass Transit, said he would “be leaning toward after spring break.”Belinda Roller, an Architectural...

Huskie Bus routes canceled due to blizzard

By Notrhern Star staff | February 2, 2015

Huskie Buses 1 and 2 are not running today because campus is closed for safety reasons, said Brett Williams, Student ASsociation director of Mass Transit.Break Service will  run on the No. 11 bus from at least 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Williams said.Huskie Safe...

Manspreading hits Huskie Bus Line

By Kristin Maglabe | January 25, 2015

“Manspreading” and improper commuter etiquette has not gone unnoticed by some Huskie Bus riders.Manspreading refers to when people spread their legs and put their belongings on vacant bus seats. This results in a lack of seats on crowded buses.Though...

Michael Herrera, senior political science major, looks out the window of the Huskie Pup Bus Oct. 7 as he takes a ride to class. Three Huskie Pups arrived to campus Monday, but they will not be available for students until next week, said Bill Nicklas, vice president of Operations and Community Relations. 

Pups coming next week

By Harry Myers | October 20, 2014

The release date for three Huskie Pup vehicles, originally scheduled for this week, has been delayed until next week.While there is already a $40,000 Husky Pup driving around, three $18,500-apiece vehicles will arrive on campus today, but they won’t...

Students facing higher costs for travel to city

Students facing higher costs for travel to city

By Rachel Scaman | October 15, 2014

Students may see a $1 increase in the Elburn train’s one-way ticket price come February if the Metra board approves a fare hike at its meeting Nov. 14.If the hike is approved, one-way tickets will increase from $7.25 to $8.25, 10-ride passes will increase...