Transportation Services

Parking and Transportation Services (OPTS) partners with mobility service providers to offer shuttle services to students, faculty, staff and visitors to the University.

Alternatively, OPTS provides information for other travel options for traveling to, from and around Main Campus, West Campus, and Howard University Hospital.

Shuttle Services

OPTS offers fixed routes with stops located near various parking lots, residence halls, West Campus, Metro stations, and other University-based locations. Download the Ride Systems app to receive real-time tracking information.

Live Shuttle Tracking

Live Shuttle Tracking is a real-time vehicle tracking solution for vehicle locations and estimated time of arrivals.

Directions for downloading “Ride Systems” app (iOS and Android Users)

  1. Download “Ride Systems” app from the app store
  2. “Select Transit Agency” screen will appear
  3.  Select Howard University
  4.  Select your shuttle route

Shuttle Schedules

*Schedules start the first official day of classes. All shuttle times represent pull-off times.

North Campus Route [View Schedule] [Map]
(Stops: Shaw Metro, Hospital, Bookstore, Stokes Library, 4th & Bryant, School of Medicine, Towers, 6th & Howard Place, Admin. Building, 6th & Fairmont, Drew Hall, The Quad, 4th & College, 4th & Bryant)

South Campus Route [View Schedule] [Map]
(Stops: U St. Metro 13th St., U St. Metro 10th St.,1851 9th St., HR Building, Towers, 6th & Howard, Admin. Building, 6th & Fairmont, 899 Barry Place, HR Building)

West Campus Route [View Schedule] [Map]
(Stops: Admin. Building, 899 Barry Place, 14th & Columbia Rd., West Campus, 14th & Harvard St., Towers)

Shuttle Bus Policies & Rules

  • All patrons should be prepared to show a valid University ID card; visitor passes are available at the Office of Parking & Transportation Services
  • Patrons board and discharge at authorized shuttle bus stops. (Drivers will only stop at authorized stops)
  • The following are prohibited on all Howard University shuttle buses:
  • Eating or drinking
  • Playing audio/video devices, etc. without headphones
  • Fighting
  • Driver harassment
  • Profanity
  • Defacing shuttle bus

*Complaints, recommendations, and general comments regarding the Howard University shuttle service are welcome and should be directed to the Director of Parking & Transportation Services (parking@howard.edu).

Howard University’s shuttle service is available to all members of Howard University and Howard University Hospital. Visitors are permitted to use the service when conducting business within the Howard Community.

From time to time, the hours of operations may vary. For a listing of the current shuttle schedule, which includes all shuttle routes, stops, departure times, and hours of operation, please visit the parking website at http://www.howardshuttle.com.

Shuttle buses can be tracked using the shuttle live tracker

On average, shuttle buses arrive every 20-30 minutes, except the West Campus shuttle. The West Campus shuttle arrives approximately every 45 minutes. Shuttle schedules are available on tablets and computers.

Shuttle schedules are not always accurate. In cases of heavy traffic or accidents, shuttle service can be delayed. 

Yes. Shuttle service is provided to and from Shaw Metro.

Employees may purchase metro passes through the HU Benefits Department. Students purchase metro passes through the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA).

Shuttle schedules can be found on the Office of Parking and Transportation Services website: http://www.howardshuttle.com.

Shuttle schedules are available on the Office of Parking and Transportation Services website: http://www.howardshuttle.com.

Please contact the Office of Parking & Transportation at 202.806.2000.

Yes. All riders must be prepared to show an ID.

Visitors should obtain a temporary shuttle permit from the Office of Parking & Transportation.

Customers can provide feedback and request information regarding various services on the Parking & Transportation web page under the Contact & Support link.

Maps

Parking Lot Map: Click here to view parking lot map

Metro Map: https://www.wmata.com/schedules/maps/upload/2019-System-Map.pdf

Public Transportation

New to Metro? No problem. Everything you need to know about how to ride Metro can be found here. From detailed information about Metro bus stops and rail stations — to helpful tips about how to report a lost item. For more information, Click here: https://www.wmata.com/

Bike Share

Capital Bikeshare is metro DC's bikeshare service, with 4,300 bikes and 500+ stations across 7 jurisdictions: Washington, DC.; Arlington, VA; Alexandria, VA; Montgomery, MD; Prince George's County, MD; Fairfax County, VA; and the City of Falls Church, VA. Designed for quick trips with convenience in mind, it’s a fun and affordable way to get around. For more information, Click here: https://www.capitalbikeshare.com/

goDCgo

goDCgo is an initiative of the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) that encourages the use of sustainable transportation. We provide complimentary transit resources and consulting services to DC organizations and commuters. Our goal serves to decrease traffic congestion, improve air quality and create a better quality of life in the DC area. goDCgo has helped more than 41,000 people choose sustainable transportation options when commuting to work. For more information, Click here: https://godcgo.com/

Commuter Connections

Commuter Connections is a regional network of transportation organizations working to improve commutes in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. It offers a host of free services and programs to assist employers and commuters with making smart choices about their commuting needs. Whether it’s ride matching, transit, bicycling or teleworking. Commuter Connections is poised to get you where you want to go and provide support along the way. For more information, Click here: https://www.commuterconnections.org/

 

 

 

Parking & Transportation Services
Mordecai Johnson Building (A-Bldg.)
2400 6th Street N.W., Suite B-11
Washington DC, 20059

 

Office: 202.806.2000
Email: Parking@howard.edu

 

 

Transportation Services FAQs

Is the shuttle bus service for me?

Howard University’s shuttle service is available to all members of Howard University and Howard University Hospital. Visitors are permitted to use the service when conducting business within the Howard Community.

What are the Hours of Operation?

From time to time hours of operations may vary. For a listing of the current shuttle schedule, which includes all shuttle routes, stops, departure times and hours of operation, please visit the parking website at http://www.howardshuttle.com

Can I track the Shuttle Bus?

Shuttle buses can be tracked using the shuttle live tracker http://www.howardshuttle.com

How will I know when the shuttle is scheduled to arrive if I don’t have a smartphone?

On average, shuttle buses arrive every 20-30 minutes, except the West Campus shuttle. The West Campus shuttle arrives approximately every 45 minutes. Shuttle schedules can be accessed via tablets and computers.

Are the shuttle schedules always accurate?

Shuttle schedules are not always accurate. In cases of heavy traffic or accidents, shuttle service can be delayed. 

Will the shuttle bus service pick me up and drop me off at the METRO?

Yes. Shuttle service is provided to and from both Shaw and U St. Metro locations.

How do I purchase a METRO pass?

Employees may purchase metro passes through the HU Benefits Department. Students must purchase metro passes through Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA).

Where can I find shuttle schedules for the university?

Shuttle schedules can be found on the Office of Parking and Transportation Services website: http://www.howardshuttle.com.

Who should I contact if I left a personal item on the shuttle?

Please contact the Office of Parking & Transportation at 202.806.2000.

Are students, faculty, and staff required to have an ID to ride the shuttle bus?

Yes. All riders must have a Howard ID to ride the shuttle bus.

I am visiting Howard’s campus and would like to ride the shuttle service. How can I get an ID to ride the shuttle?

Visitors must obtain a temporary shuttle permit from the Office of Parking & Transportation.

How do I give service feedback?

Customers can provide feedback and request information regarding various services on the Parking & Transportation website, under the Contact & Support link.