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Shuttle Services

  • Additional AU Shuttle Services
  • Blue Route
  • Red Route
  • White Route (Superloop)
  • Biodiesel
  • How's my driving?


American University's shuttle services provide students, faculty, staff, and guests with a convenient means of traveling between main campus, the Washington College of Law, and the Tenleytown Metro station.


Shuttle Evaluation

American University is evaluating the campus shuttle services and needs your input! Physically connecting the campus is a critical component of university operations. As the AU population continues to shift between Main Campus, Washington College of Law/Tenley, East Campus and the Spring Valley Building, it is essential that shuttle service be evaluated and adjusted to meet changing demand. To this end, we have hired transportation planners Nelson\Nygaard to evaluate the effectiveness of our current shuttle system in meeting mobility needs and to identify opportunities to improve service. Study objectives include:

  • Evaluate ridership and shuttle routes operating within and between Main Campus, East Campus, Washington College of Law Tenley Campus, and the Tenleytown/Au Metro station.
  • Determine if the shuttle routes serve individuals to and from the needed locations as quickly and economically as possible.
  • Determine if the shuttles provide the appropriate level of service at the appropriate times. 
  • Identify innovative strategies to accommodate student, staff, and faculty transportation demands while maintaining efficient shuttle operations. 

In March 2016, Nelson\Nygaard conducted town hall meetings and tabled on campus to supplement the technical analysis being provided by AU staff.  Thank you for your feedback on specific transit needs, concerns and priorities, and level of satisfaction with existing services. There will be an update to the AU Community in Summer 2016. If you wish to provide additional feedback, e-mail

Main Campus –Spring Valley Building 

Starting March 1, Monday -Saturday shuttle bus operations will provide additional service (as outlined below) between Main Campus and the Spring Valley Building. This is in addition to the current Red Route service that begins at 7:15 a.m. from Tenleytown Metro and ends from the Spring Valley Building at 7 p.m.

The additional shuttle service will run hourly from 8:15 p.m. to 11:15 p.m. from the South campus shuttle bus stop, stopping at Kogod and continuing directly to the Spring Valley Building.

The schedule for the additional service from Main Campus to Spring Valley Building: Leaving the South campus shuttle stop at:

  • 8:15 p.m.
  • 9:15 p.m.
  • 10:15 p.m.
  • 11:15 p.m.

Running on Biodiesel

AU's shuttle buses and other diesel-powered equipment are fueled using a B20 biodiesel blend (20% biofuel, 80% diesel). Biodiesel helps the university save emissions, money, and time spent refueling as the biodiesel tank is right on campus.


AU Shuttle Service Semester Schedule

We operate three different routes: Red, White, and Blue. For complete schedules and routes, click our links below.

Blue Route (Main Campus-Metro) - Tenleytown Metro Station - Tenley Town Shuttle Stop Location Has Moved
Beginning Saturday, June 7, the American University Blue Line Shuttle bus stop at the Tenley Town Metro station will be relocated about 75 feet north of its current location at the corner of 40th and Albemarle Streets. This move will alleviate the current pedestrian and Metro bus congestion that often occurs at peak ridership periods throughout the day.

Red Route (Metro - Spring Valley Building)

White Route runs evenings during Summer Session & Spring/Fall Break ONLY (Main Campus-Metro-Spring Valley Building)

2014-2015 Holiday Schedule


How's my driving?

Call 202-885-3145 to comment on any of our shuttle drivers.