Illinois: Let’s Ride!

University of Illinois System faculty, staff, and students can again use a shuttle service to travel back and forth between the Urbana and Chicago campuses for university business, now three days a week.

UI Ride resumed operation starting August 17 after trips were canceled due to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This semester, shuttles will make two daily round trips three days a week (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday).

Each bus can seat up to 18 and includes wheelchair access, free IllinoisNet Wi-Fi access, a restroom, changing room, and a collaborative workspace. UI Ride is operated by F&S, including administration of reservations, maintenance to shuttles, and the actual driving, too! The service began in the fall of 2019.

UI Ride follows COVID-19 safety protocols for transportation services. Face coverings are required for all riders.

“We’re excited to get UI Ride back up and running. This is more good news to see us all take another step closer to full operation after the COVID pandemic response,” said Pete Varney, associate director for Operations, Maintenance & Alterations, Transportation & Automotive Services. “The new schedule, online reservation system, and state-of-the-art buses all make UI Ride a worthy option to get to and from Chicago.”

For reservations, updates, policies, and more information on buses, visit:

(Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday only)

Departure Times

7 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Lot E14
(southeast corner)

7:10 a.m. and 3:10 p.m.
Levis Faculty Center
(919 W. Illinois St., Urbana)

7:20 a.m. and 3:20 p.m.
North Campus Parking Deck Lot B4
(1201 W. University Ave., Urbana)

7 a.m. and 3 p.m.
UI Health
(UIC West Campus, 1740 W. Taylor St., Chicago)

7:15 a.m. and 3:15 p.m.
UIC Behavioral Science Building
(UIC East Campus, 1007 W. Harrison St., Chicago)

7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Illini Center
(Discovery Partners Institute,
200 S. Wacker St., Chicago)

Arrival time is estimated to be 2.5-3 hours from the last departure stop.