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Late Night Transportation Services

Sent to campus on Nov. 7, 2007

To: University Community
From: Tom Rosenbaum, University Provost; and Hank Webber, Vice-President, Community and Gov't Affairs
Subject: Late Night Transportation Services

As we prepare for the temperature and the day-light changes the next season will bring, we wanted to advise the University community about a number of free and accessible transportation and safety programs designed to help you move safely in and around campus during evening and late-night hours. Please be aware of the following:

Evening Bus Service

During the academic year, The University operates four routes (North, East, South, and Central) of evening bus service throughout the Hyde Park-Kenwood neighborhood during the academic year. Buses operate on 20-minute schedules and depart from the front of the Regenstein Library.

Buses operate Sunday-Wednesday from 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. and Thursday-Saturday until 3 a.m. Drivers will stop to pick up or drop off passengers along any of the established routes. Your Chicago Card is required to ride the buses. Maps and schedules can be found at

During the summer and academic breaks, alternate routes, A and B, provide reduced service. Route A is a combination of service for the North and East evening routes. Route B is a combination of service for the South and Central evening routes.

Safe Ride Program

(Note: SafeRide now begins at 5 p.m. each evening; see this page for the updated schedule)

Sunday through Wednesday from 10 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. and Thursday through Saturday from 10 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. an on-demand van service is available to students and employees located in the University Police area of coverage (39th Street to 64th Street, Lake Shore Drive to Cottage Grove Avenue). Call 702-2022 and give your precise address for pick-up and have your Chicago Card ready when boarding the bus. Delays in pickups may occur since the buses operate on a “first call, first come” basis.

Umbrella Coverage

Anyone within the University Police coverage area may request a police escort at any time if they feel uncomfortable with their surroundings. Call 702-8181 and give your location; the first available patrol car will be dispatched to accompany you as you walk to your destination.

Please take advantage of these free programs when you travel at night to, from, and around campus. As always, please take care and note the following safety tips:

• At night, avoid walking alone and in areas that are deserted. Avoid cutting through parks, alleys, and vacant lots.

• When walking, remain alert to other pedestrians and slow moving cars or parked cars that are occupied. Avoid using a cell phone or listening to your earphone-equipped audio device, which can make you less aware of your surroundings.

• Avoid carrying laptops and other valuable objects.

• Use discretion when talking or walking with strangers.

• If you think that you are being followed, or feel uneasy by someone you see, act upon your feelings. Cross the street, change directions, go to a public space where others are present, or use an emergency phone to contact the University Police.

• Learn where white emergency phones are located along the routes you travel

For more information about the Evening Bus or Safe Ride program, please visit Or email any questions or concerns to For more information about the UCPD Umbrella Coverage and other personal safety programs please call 702-8181 or visit

Last modified at 10:07 AM CST on Thursday, December 06, 2007

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