Alternative Transportation

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

North Central College has installed electric vehicle charging stations, making it easier for members of the campus community to own and use electric cars. One electric vehicle charging station is located in the Old Main parking lot off Loomis Street. The stations can charge two vehicles simultaneously in two adjacent parking spaces. The second charging station is located on the bottom level of the Highland Street parking deck, next to the Residence Hall/Recreation Center. Both stations may be used free of charge by any North Central College student, faculty, staff, or campus visitor. Serious in its efforts to reduce vehicle emissions, the College hopes this project will encourage a campus trend toward more sustainable vehicles.

Are you planning on bringing an electric vehicle to North Central College? Please fill out this form <PLACEHOLDER FOR FORM> in order to request instructions and authorization to use the charging stations.  

Electric Vehicles

As a way of educating the campus community on alternative transportation vehicles, the College has purchased an electric vehicle. The Maintenance Department utilizes a plug-in electric car 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.  

Learn more about Red Bikes HERE

Learn more about biking on campus HERE


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 "carless." Zipcar is a car-share program that gives 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 in the commuter parking lot near Larrance Academic Center.

Learn more and join HERE

Cardinal Shuttle

Free shuttle service is offered to any student who shows a North Central College student ID card. The shuttle runs Monday through Sunday, 8 a.m. - 11 p.m.  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. 

Learn more HERE

Public Transportation

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.