As a way of educating the campus community on alternative transportation vehicles, the College has purchased two electric vehicles. Campus Safety utilizes a plug-in electric car for patrolling and on-call transporting service and Maintenance uses a plug-in electric truck as part of a vehicle fleet. Electric vehicles are considered zero-emissions vehicles and cost about $0.02 per mile for charging.
Cardinal Red Bike Program
The Cardinal Red Bikes are available to students on a by-term rental basis for FREE. The Campus Safety Bike Clinic handles all maintenance and provides each participant with a resettable cable lock. Since students live on a bike-friendly campus, with ample amount of bike parking locations, they are encouraged to bring their own bikes to campus, as well. Please remember to register personal bikes with Campus Safety.
For those students who decide to forgo the hassle and expense associated with having a car on campus, they no longer need to stress about being "car less." Zipcar is a car-share program that allows students, faculty and staff the option to rent/reserve a car either online or by mobile phone. North Central has two Zipcars on campus; one is parked at the Highland Lot on the south side of campus and the other can be found parked on the north side of campus near Larrance Academic Center. Join this program by visiting zipcar.com/ncc.
Free shuttle service is offered to any student who shows a North Central College student ID card. The shuttle runs Monday through Sunday, 8 am-11 pm. Drop-off and pick-up locations for the shuttle include Wentz Concert Hall/Fine Arts Center, All Saints Remote Lot, Target and Westfield Fox Valley Mall.
The College is situated in a perfect location to take advantage of many public transportation options in the Naperville area. Metra is the commuter rail service on the BNSF railway connecting downtown Chicago to Aurora and is just two blocks north of campus. The station is also a stop on the Amtrak line and for multiple buses in the Pace bus system.
**Please direct transportation questions to the department of Campus Safety at 630-637-5826.