EXTRA Frequently Asked Questions


1. What is EXTRA?
a. EXTRA is short for Express Transportation to Rural Areas. EXTRA connects students in Alachua, Archer, High Springs, Newberry, Starke and Waldo to the Northwest Campus through a daily shuttle van service.


2. Who is eligible to ride the EXTRA shuttle?
a. Currently enrolled students who live in the service area and are transportation disadvantaged are eligible for the EXTRA shuttle.


3. How do I become an approved EXTRA rider?
a. Current and prospective students should use the online application which can be found at www.sfcollege.edu/extra.


4. How will I know if I am approved as a rider?
a. You will receive a letter and a phone call from the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.


5. When does the EXTRA shuttle service begin?
a. The shuttle service will begin on the first day of Spring classes.


6. What does an approved EXTRA rider need to show to the shuttle driver?
a. The shuttle driver will have a list of all approved riders. An approved rider needs to show the driver an SF ID card each time he/she boards the shuttle.


7. What if I only need to be on campus two or three days each week?
a. Please let us know if you will not be using the shuttle every day. That way, we may be able to allow another rider to ride on the days that you are not on campus.


8. Will I have to re-apply for EXTRA in the spring?
a. If you are approved as an EXTRA rider, your ridership will last through the end of the spring 2017 semester.


9. What are the pick-up/drop off locations for EXTRA?
a. Alachua – pick-up is at the Hitchcock’s plaza in Alachua, 15560 US Hwy. 441.
b. Archer – pick-up is at the Davis Center, 17500 SW Archer Rd.
c. High Springs – pick-up is at the High Springs Community Center (Museum), 23760 NW 187th Ave. This is directly behind City Hall.
d. Newberry – pick-up is at the Community Center, 25515 NW 6th Ave.
e. Starke – pick-up at the Andrews Center, 209 Call Street.
f. Waldo – pick-up is at Waldo City Park, across from City Hall. The City Park address is 14705 address is 14655 Kennard St.


10. What are the morning pick-up/drop-off times for EXTRA?
a. There are three different EXTRA routes. Each one has a different schedule.

  • I. Archer-Newberry- SF Northwest Campus
    1. Archer – pick-up at 8:00 a.m.
    2. Newberry – pick-up at 8:20 a.m.
    3. SF Northwest Campus (S Bldg.) – drop-off by 8:50 a.m.
  • II. High Springs-Alachua-SF Northwest Campus Route
    1. High Springs – pick-up is at 8:15 a.m.
    2. Alachua – pick-up is at 8:25 a.m.
    3. SF Northwest Campus (S Bldg.)– drop-off by 8:50 a.m.
  • III. Starke-Waldo- SF Northwest Campus Route
    1. Starke – pick-up at 7:50 a.m.
    2. Waldo – pick-up at 8:15 a.m.
    3. SF Northwest Campus (S Bldg.) – drop-off by 8:50 a.m.

  • 11. What about the afternoon pick-up time?
    a. Afternoon pick-up from SF for all routes will be each afternoon at 3:30 p.m. at the bus stop in front of S Building. Please be there at least 5 minutes early.


    12. How long will the shuttle wait for me if I am late?
    a. Unfortunately, the shuttle is not able to wait for you. Please be at the pick-up location at least 5 minutes early each day.


    13. May I eat/drink in the van?
    a. No, there is no eating or drinking in the van.


    14. May I smoke on the van?
    a. No. Smoking is prohibited on the van.


    15. Do SF employees drive the van?
    a. No, SF contracts with MV Transportation to provide this service.


    16. Who pays for this service?
    a. As a pilot program, the Transportation Access Fee Committee agreed to use funds from the Student Transportation Access Fee to provide this service to students for two semesters.


    17. Are SF employees eligible to use EXTRA?
    a. No. This service is provided by the Student Access Fee for students only.


    18. There is an SF Center in my town. Why is there a shuttle too?
    a. All students who have access to their desired program of study at an SF Center should take classes at that Center. Only students who need programs and coursework at the Northwest Campus will be approved to use the shuttle.


    19. I am in a wheelchair. Is the shuttle accessible to me?
    a. Yes! We are pleased that each van has accommodations for two wheelchair seats.


    20. I am a Dual Enrollment student. May I ride?
    a. Priority is given to students who pay the Transportation Access Fee. If seats are available you may be invited to ride.


    21. I am a TramCon student. May I ride?
    a. Priority is given to students who pay the Transportation Access fee. If seats are available once the deadline for students who pay the TAC has passed, you may be invited to ride.