Carnegie Mellon University

The university's escort service operates in the evening/overnight and provides free transportation from campus to intersections close to your residence for faculty, staff and students that live in the Oakland, Shadyside and Squirrel Hill neighborhoods. Escort buses operate from 6:30 p.m. to 4:15 a.m., cycling every 45 minutes. You must show your CMU ID to board.

Evening riders should use the university’s shuttle service while it is in operation before considering using the escort service to avoid overcrowding and untimely delays on escort buses.

To use the escort service, determine which escort zone you reside in, based on the descriptions below, and use the schedule to find out when the escort buses are servicing your zone. Then wait at one of the pickup locations at the appointed time for the appropriate escort bus and tell the driver the intersection for your stop as you board the bus.

Green Zone: Bus services Oakland, west from Morewood, only

Blue Zone: Bus services Shadyside and Friendship, east from Morewood, only

Red Zone: Bus services Squirrel Hill, north from Woodmont and east from Murray Avenue, only (Only the yellow bus travels on Murray from Forward, north)

Yellow Zone: Bus services Squirrel Hill, west of Murray Avenue to Schenley Park, only

Blue/Green Zones Combined: Bus services both the Shadyside and Oakland areas

Red/Yellow Zones Combined: Bus services both Squirrel Hill areas

All Zones: Bus services the Shadyside, Oakland and both Squirrel Hill areas

Escort Schedule

Monday - Friday

6:30 PM Blue/Green Combined, Red/Yellow Combined
7:15 PM Blue/Green Combined, Red/Yellow Combined
8:00 PM Blue/Green Combined, Red Zone, Yellow Zone
8:45 PM Blue/Green Combined, Red/Yellow Combined
9:30 PM Blue/Green Combined, Red/Yellow Combined
10:15 PM Red/Yellow Combined, Blue Zone, Green Zone
11:00 PM Blue Zone, Green Zone, Red Zone, Yellow Zone
11:45 PM Red/Yellow Combined, Blue Zone, Green Zone
12:30 AM Red/Yellow Combined, Blue Zone, Green Zone
1:15 AM Red/Yellow Combined, Blue Zone, Green Zone
2:00 AM Blue/Green Combined, Red/Yellow Combined
2:45 AM Blue/Green Combined, Red/Yellow Combined
Last Run
3:30 AM Blue/Green Combined, Red/Yellow Combined

Saturday & Sunday

6:30 PM Blue/Green Combined, Red/Yellow Combined
7:15 PM Blue/Green Combined, Red/Yellow Combined
8:00 PM Blue/Green Combined, Red/Yellow Combined
8:45 PM All Zones
9:30 PM All Zones
10:15 PM Blue/Green Combined, Red/Yellow Combined
11:00 PM Blue/Green Combined, Red/Yellow Combined
11:45 PM Blue/Green Combined, Red/Yellow Combined
12:30 AM Blue/Green Combined, Red/Yellow Combined
1:15 AM Blue/Green Combined, Red/Yellow Combined
2:00 AM Blue/Green Combined, Red/Yellow Combined
2:45 AM Blue/Green Combined, Red/Yellow Combined
Last Run
3:30 PM Blue/Green Combined, Red/Yellow Combined

General rider reminders:

  • For health safety, do not ride if you have potentially been exposed to COVID-19, or if you are experiencing any symptoms. Try to avoid unnecessary interaction with passengers and drivers.
  • Consider taking an earlier/later bus to avoid overcrowding during peak times.
  • Evening riders should use the shuttle while it is in operation before considering using the escort service to avoid overcrowding and untimely delays on escort buses.
  • When waiting at a bus stop, alert the driver to your presence as the bus approaches using a hand wave or "hail" gesture to ensure that they see you and understand your desire to board.
  • Show your CMU ID when boarding a shuttle/escort bus. Using someone else’s CMU ID is not permitted.
  • No smoking/vaping, eating, cups without lids, and talking on cell phones is permitted while on the shuttle and escort buses.
  • Be familiar with the shuttle and escort policies before using the service.