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Downtown DeKalb’s Frost Parking Lot rests empty Friday at East Locust and Sixth Street. A new city ordinance will allow DeKalb commuters to park after 5 a.m. and take the 12 line bus to the Elburn train station. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

Elburn bus route free for OneCard holders

By Michael Mollsen, Written Managing Editor | March 19, 2023

DeKALB – Starting Monday, NIU OneCard holders will be able to ride the Huskie Bus Line 12 to the Elburn Metra Station for free. The general public’s fare will be reduced to 50 cents per ride. DeKalb’s Frost Lot, located on East Locust Street...

Huskie Line bus sitting outside of Holmes Student Center.

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

By Rachel Cormier, News Reporter | February 28, 2023

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...

Huskie Bus Line focus group to meet Tuesday

By Northern Star staff | March 24, 2015

The Student Association will hold a Huskie Bus Line focus group 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Campus Life Building, Room 180.The focus group will allow students to propose ideas for routes, according to an SA news release.A Feb. 11 Huskie Bus Line focus group...

Students react to creation of Barsema Express

By Northern Star staff | March 24, 2015

The Student Association has rolled out the Barsema Express, a bus that takes students from the residence halls to Barsema Hall, the Engineering Building and other buildings.The bus was created following a Mass Transit focus group where the SA sought student...

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...

Student Association adds special bus routes for basketball games

By Northern Star staff | February 9, 2015

A gameday bus for home basketball games will now be provided for students, according to a Student Association Facebook post.The route will pick up students and drop them off at the Convocation Center, according to the post.The bus will run for two upcoming...

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,...

InFocus: Are the plans for the Huskie Bus Line practical?

By Northern Star Staff | February 8, 2015

Rachel ScamanThe Student Association’s plan for the Huskie Bus Line is well overdue and I am excited to see what comes.Students are the main priority at NIU and they should be involved in the bus system. Having students be involved in deciding the routes...

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 buses move back to west turnaround

Huskie buses move back to west turnaround

By Ryan Ocasio | September 22, 2014

Students wait on Normal Road in front of the Holmes Student Center for Huskie buses. The bus turnaround, which was relocated to the east side of the Holmes Student Center over the summer, is being moved back to the west side. Pedestrians have complained...

Bus turnaround moves after safety complaints

Bus turnaround moves after safety complaints

By Kelly Bauer | September 22, 2014

Huskie buses are being moved back to the turnaround on the west side of the Holmes Student Center due to pedestrian safety concerns after “a few near-misses.”The bus turnaround was moved to a strip east of the Holmes Student Center on Normal Road...