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Disability Resources & Educational Services

Passenger Guidelines

DRES Bus Ridership Guidelines- UPDATED FOR COVID-19

  1. Riders must stay 6 feet apart when riding on the DRES buses.
  2. Riders must wear a face mask at all times.
  3. Maximum number of riders on buses is 3 persons/bus to maintain social distancing which includes one of the following;
    1. 3 persons in wheel chairs; or
    2. 3 persons in wheel chairs plus 1 personal assistant; or
    3. 2 persons in wheel chair and 1 ambulatory seated; or
    4. 1 ambulatory seated only
  4. Drivers will not be able to assist student unless it is a safety hazard.
  5. Riders must have their Covid-19 status and display it to the drivers by choosing one of the following options:
  1. Safer Illinois app
  2. COVID-19 Boarding Pass (this can be used by showing a webpage or printing a physical pass)

The Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) offers transportation services for qualified students, staff, faculty, and visitors who have temporary or permanent disabilities.

DRES provides the best transportation system for persons with disabilities of any university in the United States servicing approximately 20,000 trips annually. Providing students, staff, faculty and visitors easier access to classes and activities better enables achievement of educational goals.

Because our campus has more than 1,000 buildings, it is impossible to maintain regularly scheduled bus service to all campus locations. Students with disabilities are encouraged to arrange for housing on the University campus to best serve their needs.

DRES' Office of Accessibility and Transportation Services includes regular route rides, night rides, call-in service, and rides for special events within the University Campus District. In addition, we provide rides to Willard Airport, the Illinois Terminal, and various off-campus locations. The provides service within and outside the University District and all buses are lift-equipped.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is one of the most accessible campuses in the world. The University prides itself on making the highest quality academic programs available for all students.

By ensuring students equal and easy access to the many programs of the University of Illinois we provide all students the opportunity to reach their goals. Any obstacles we are able to remove, or make more manageable, make those goals more achievable.

Bus service at a glance

Qualified riders

  • Fill out a Ride Request Form for semester-long transportation needs.
  • Call 217-333-4616 for temporary rides from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. M-F.
  • Schedule night rides (5-10 p.m. M-F) by calling 217-333-4616 before 4 p.m. on evening of ride.
  • Please remember we do not service rides from 6:15pm-7:15pm, M-F, due to the night driver break period.

To become qualified: If you have not yet registered with DRES, contact the DRES Student Services Office at 217-333-4603.