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DeKalb Sycamore Area Transit Options

While public transit options are not as plentiful as they are in larger areas, there are still several options from which residents, students, visitors, and workers have to choose from.  The Voluntary Action Center provides door-to-door paratransit services for residents in DeKalb County, as well as routes serving DeKalb, Sycamore, and Kishwaukee College.  NIU students, staff, and faculty, as well as other residents are served by the Huskie bus line.  The Elburn Train Station, about 15 miles from downtown DeKalb, provides frequent train service into downtown Chicago

Agency Phone Website Comments
DeKalb Area Transit Services
Voluntary Action Center (815) 758-6641 http://www.vacdk.com/ VAC provides door to door service to all residents in DeKalb County.  Call VAC to register and arrange a trip using this service.  VAC also provides circular routes serving DeKalb (Green Line) and Sycamore (Blue Line).  Riders may request to be picked up or dropped off at nearby locations not specifically identified on the route.
  • Operates: 7 am - 9 pm (M-F)
  • Fare: $0.50 (children 5 and under, Seniors 60 and over, and disabled ride free) (Call for Door to Door service fares)
  • Service Area: DeKalb (Green Line), Sycamore (Blue Line), DeKalb County (Door to Door Service)
  • Transfers to other VAC / Huskie Routes: Wal-Mart, Target, Kishwaukee Hospital
  • Huskie Bus Lines (815) 758-6900

    (815) 753-4802 FreedomMobile
  • http://www.huskieline.com/ (schedules)
  • http://huskietracks.niu.edu/ (live bus tracking)
  • Huskie provides bus service to and from the Northern Illinois University (NIU).  There are several bus routes serving the campus, student housing areas, and shopping areas in DeKalb.  The FreedomMobile provides door to door service for NIU students.
  • Operates: 7 am - 11 pm (M-Sun) (route modifications during evening, weekend, holidays, and summers)
  • Fare: $1.00 (NIU Students ride free) (Call for Door to Door service fares)
  • Service Area: NIU Campus, Student housing areas, and major commercial corridors in DeKalb
  • Transfers to other VAC / Huskie Routes: Wal-Mart, Target, Kishwaukee Hospital
  • Kishwaukee College (815) 825-2086 x2740
    Kishwaukee Student Services
    http://www.vacdk.com/ Voluntary Action Center of DeKalb, in cooperation with Kishwaukee College, in Malta, provides limited bus transportation between the College and the DeKalb area.

  • Operates: See website (morning, afternoon, and evening service) (M-F)
  • Fare: $120 Full Semester round trip (passes must be purchased from the Kishwaukee Student Services Office)
  • Service Area: DeKalb to Kishwaukee College in Malta
  • Transfers to other VAC / Huskie Routes: Lincoln Hwy west of Annie Glidden Road
  • Regional Transportation Services
    The DeKalb area does not currently have any dedicated regional rail or bus transportation providers.  Below are the identified options to connect to nearby regional systems when personal automobile transportation is unavailable.
    Metropolitan Chicago Regional Rail Service
    (312) 322-6777

    (312) 322-6774 (hearing impaired)
    http://metrarail.com/ Metra provides metropolitan Chicago regional rail service.  The nearest station to DeKalb is located in Elburn, about 15 miles east of DeKalb.  The train runs from the Elburn Station to the Ogilvie Transportation Center along the Union Pacific West Line (UP-W).  Elburn Station has ample parking for those who wish to drive to the station and take the train the rest of the way in to Chicago.
  • Operates: 5 am - 12 am (M-Sun) (check website for exact times, modifications during  on weekends and holidays)
  • Fare: $7.25 Elburn to Chicago one-way (check website as fares may change)
  • Service Area: Elburn, La Fox, Geneva, West Chicago, Winfield, Wheaton, College Ave, Glen Ellen, Lombard, Villa Park, Elmhurst, Berkley, Bellwood, Melrose Park, Maywood, River Forest, Oak Park, Kedzie, Ogilvie Transp. Center (Chicago)
  • Transfers to DeKalb: Sycamore Transit Services, Huskie Lines (see information below)
  • Sycamore Transit Services (STS) (815) 899-1902 http://www.sycamoretaxi.com/ STS provides taxi services around the DeKalb area.  Currently STS is the only option to get to and from the Elburn Train Station on a daily basis.  STS provides flat rate fees from DeKalb to major transportation centers:
    • O'Hare Airport
    • Midway Airport
    • Rockford Airport
    • Elburn Train Station

    Please check website for prices as rates are subject to change without notice

    DeCab Taxi (815) 757-6430 http://www.taxidecab.com/ DeCab taxi serves the DeKalb region.  They provide shuttle services 7 days a week to:
    •  Elburn Metra Station
    •  O'Hare Airport (ORD)
    •  Midway Airport
    • Malta (Including Kishwaukee College)
    •  Rockford 
    Please check website for prices as rates are subject to change without notice
    Huskie Elburn Station Service (815) 753-3146
    NIU Box Office
    http://www.huskieline.com/ Huskie provides Friday and Sunday evening service to the Elburn Train Station during the NIU Spring and Fall semesters (note: service unavailable during the winter holidays and summer semester). TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE FROM THE NIU BOX OFFICE BEFORE RIDING THE ELBURN SHUTTLE.
    Amtrak (800) 872-7245 http://www.amtrak.com/ Amtrak provides rail service throughout the United States.  Many of the major US Amtrak routes stop at the Chicago Union Station.  While many of the Metra routes also end at Union Station, the Elburn UP-W line stops at the Ogilvie Station and will require passengers to walk a couple of blocks from the Ogilvie to Union Station.
    Ambulance Service
    A-TEC Ambulance (800) 729-2780 http://www.atecambulance.com/ A-TEC Ambulance provides ambulance transport and para-transit transports servicing Chicago's Northern communities, Northwestern communities, and Western communities in the following counties: Lake, McHenry, Kane, DuPage, DeKalb, Boone, Lee, and Cook
    Ridge Ambulance (815) 756-3424 http://www.ridgeems.com/  
    Med VAC (815) 758-6641 http://vacdk.com/ MedVAC is a service from VAC to provide transportation to medical facilities throughout Northern Illinois.  This service is only for already scheduled visits such as doctors checkups or dialysis, and not as an emergency transportation service.  You must register with VAC to use this service.
    Genoa-Kingston Ambulance Rescue (815) 784-2526    
    Shabbona Community Ambulance Service (815) 824-2112    
    Ride Sharing Services
    There is currently no official car or van pool services in the DeKalb Sycamore area.  Below is a list of regional services which may be used:
    PACE Rideshare
    (Provides Ridesharing services to persons living or working in the metropolitan Chicago area who are looking for other persons to share the work trip with)
    (847) 228-2492 https://www.pacerideshare.com/
    • Available to all persons living or working in the DeKalb area who commute to/from the 6-County Chicago Metropolitan area.
    • Persons living in DeKalb County and working in the metropolitan Chicago area, or the reverse, can use the PACE Rideshare services to find others doing the same.
    • If there are sufficient persons traveling to and from the same areas, Van-pooling can also be arranged.
    • Fare: The Rideshare matching service is free.  It is the responsibility of the person using the service to contact other persons traveling to and from the same locations.
    Other Rideshare Options     Many Rideshare websites are available via the internet.  While these programs may provide viable options for people who wish to use these services, DSATS does not officially endorse any of these programs.

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