Accessible Transportation

Huskie Bus Line

The Huskie Bus Line runs throughout campus and some areas of the DeKalb community. The buses are accessible with wheelchair lifts and tie-downs. Preferential front seating is available to persons with severe mobility and/or visual disabilities.


The FreedomMobile is an accessible paratransit system that runs during the same hours as the Huskie buses. The FreedomMobile is an on-call door-to-door service throughout the DeKalb community. A person must meet the following criteria to be eligible to use the FreedomMobile:

  • Be an NIU student, faculty or staff member (non-students pay current Huskie Bus fare per ride)
  • Have a physical disability which limits the ability to walk independently, a serious health condition requiring travel accommodations, or a visual disability severe enough to warrant the use of a white cane or dog guide during independent travel. Medical verification of such disability must be on file with the Disability Resource Center (DRC).

Class-to-class transportation is not provided except for persons with severe mobility impairments or persons requiring special transportation due to a severe health condition. Class-to-class transportation is provided only during the period between Thanksgiving and Spring Break. Exceptions will be considered based on medical documentation. "Class-to-class Transportation Request Forms" need to be submitted to the SAMTB by established deadline dates. Eligibility for this service is determined through the DRC.

All eligible riders are given a "FreedomMobile Information and Policies" handbook. You are responsible for knowing and following these procedures. Consistent misuse of the FreedomMobile may result in suspension of service.