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Campus Transportation Improvement

The Northwestern Campus, located in the Streeterville neighborhood of Chicago, is made up of both academic and medical institutions that include:

  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital
  • Northwestern University
  • Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
  • Children’s Memorial Hospital (currently under construction)

As we expand throughout the neighborhood, we’re committed to working toward improving transportation and accessibility for all campus users, including patients, visitors of the campus, employees, students, medical staff and faculty, as well as those who live, work and shop in the surrounding community.

Planning Principles

We hope that our commitment to the following key transportation planning principles will help ease traffic flow and make the campus area safer for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists visiting or passing through.

  • Maintain traffic and pedestrian safety
  • Promote public transportation, car sharing, ridesharing, and non-auto modes of transportation, including bicycle transportation to campus employees
    • We offer a shuttle service for employees between the Northwestern Memorial campus and the two Metra train stations
    • We offer a pre-tax transportation program in which employees who take public transportation to and from work can purchase rail and bus passes on a pre-tax basis
  • Facilitate access of both pedestrians and materials through and between campus buildings
  • Minimize impact of the institution’s activities on surrounding streets
  • Enhance pedestrian environment and walkability of the campus and surrounding neighborhood
  • Facilitate traffic flow at intersections


In addition to adherence to these planning principles, the institutions jointly commit to the following goals:

  • Reduce the use of single-occupant vehicles for non-physician, employee and student travel to/from the Northwestern Campus by:
    • continuing to provide a safe pedestrian experience throughout the campus
    • promoting the use of alternative modes of travel through programs that increase the attractiveness of using public transportation, car- and ride-sharing and non-auto transportation, including bicycles
  • Manage the impact of our activities on the surrounding streets through scheduling supply and service vehicles during off peak traffic times and, when possible, creating grade-separated physical interconnections on campus for pedestrians and material transportation
  • Facilitate traffic flow at intersections on campus by continuing to incorporate way-finding mechanisms and contributing, along with other businesses in the area, towards the cost of traffic aides who assist with community traffic flows
Last UpdateJune 1, 2011