Huskie Line

The Huskie Line is a free bus service to all active NIU students with a valid NIU OneCard. It serves the main campus, including classroom buildings, parking lots, offices and residence halls as well as routes heading off campus to local apartments, shopping centers and food establishments. One route serves the Sycamore shopping areas as well.

Huskie buses run beginning between 7 and 7:30 a.m. and run until 1-2 a.m. These times vary depending on the route and season. However, this is the regular schedule for class days.

The Student Association Huskie Line bus system is funded by NIU student fees and fairbox revenues. All bus system routes and policies are established by the Student Association Mass Transit Board.

Elburn Shuttle (to Elburn Metra Station)

Huskie Line operates a shuttle to and from the Elburn Metra station on Friday and Sunday afternoons and early evenings. The Elburn Shuttle charges a rate of $6.25 for all current NIU students who carry an NIU OneCard. To purchase a ticket, visit the box office in the Holmes Student Center.

Bus Tracker

ETA SPOT is a GPS app you can download on your smartphone that lets you know where Huskie Safe Line and the Huskie Buses are at all times.

download on the App Store Get it on the Google Play


  • NIU students, staff, and faculty ride free if they present their current NIU One Card. 
  • Community fare rate: $1 (exact change only)
  • Children under five years age ride free with an adult.

Suggestions or Complaints

The Mass Transit Board is continually trying to improve the Huskie Line bus system. Have a complaint? Contact us 815-758-6900. Suggestions can be sent to the mass transit director at 815-753-9917.

Contact Us

Get more information on the bus system, route or schedules 

Huskie Line

Student Director of Mass Transit 

NIU Student Association

City of DeKalb