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CENTER FOR STUDENT ENGAGEMENT

Student Transportation

Whether you are in need of a ride to local shopping destinations or local transportation depots, we’re happy to help! The Center for Student Engagement coordinates the Transportation Services program at Saint Francis University. Various services are offered to SFU students, including regularly scheduled shuttles to area transportation depots, weeknight shopping, non-emergency medical transportation, and much more! Download our official Transportation Services Guide for an easy-to-use overview. 

Shuttle Services

Students can arrange for SFU shuttle service to area transportation hub for bus, train, or airports to get back and forth from home during breaks or on weekends. SFU Transportation regularly services the Johnstown/Cambria County Airport and the Altoona-Blair County Airport for flights and the Altoona Transportation Center for Amtrak train and Greyhound bus. Shuttles are also offered to the Pittsburgh International Airport. Low standard rates are charged for students who utilize regularly-scheduled shuttles. Students who desire a more customized service outside the regular schedule are subject to a premium rate. Visit the Center for Student Engagement (located on the upper floor of the JFK Center), call for additional information at (814)-472-3005, or email your questions/concerns to transportation@francis.edu

To officially register for shuttle services, students must complete the official Transportation Request Form found on Engage.  

View the Spring 2024 Shuttle Schedule

Shuttle Policies

The following policies are set-forth by the Center for Student Engagement and are intended to help maintain an efficient, safe, and reliable service for students

  1. Transportation/shuttle services are available ONLY to full-time SFU students The service is available to and from the Saint Francis University campus only.
  2. Anyone utilizing the shuttle service must register to reserve a seat by completing a shuttle reservation form at the Center for Student Engagement office at least four business days prior to the scheduled shuttle. At the time of reservation, students will need to provide personal contact information and transportation information including time of departure and/or arrival time. Payment is due at sign-up. Please see the shuttle rates below. The fee is non-refundable.
  3. There is a limited amount of space for seating; therefore, luggage is limited to one piece of luggage and one carry-on or backpack per person.
  4. The Center for Student Engagement is NOT responsible for booking/coordinating other travel arrangements such as bus, train, or flights, OR any lodging accommodations.
  5. The scheduled shuttle services (provided above) will be the ONLY shuttles provided by Saint Francis University. For individual requests that fall outside of our schedule, students will be assessed a premium rate (see rates below).
  6. ALL shuttles are subject to change or cancellation per weather/road conditions and availability of authorized drivers. The Center for Student Engagement coordinates all transportation services with the Department of University Police and Public Safety and strictly follows their recommendation regarding the release of any shuttles.
  7. It is the students' responsibility to check their email for shuttle instructions and confirmation Transportation requests made after deadlines may not be able to be accommodated.
  8. On the day of travel, please arrive at the JFK Center Front Lobby at least 10 minutes prior to shuttle departure time. When departing campus, the van will not be able to hold.

The departure time for those who are not ready to leave at the scheduled time. The departure time from campus is set to accommodate other travelers and cannot be delayed for any reason If a student misses the shuttle, it will be the student's responsibility to locate and obtain alternate transportation to and from campus. Saint Francis University or the Center for Student Engagement will not be responsible for any additional costs incurred if a student misses the train/bus, flight for any reason. This would include inclement weather and traffic delays.

NOTE: All transportation services are contingent upon the availability of university-authorized vehicles and drivers.

Shuttle Rates

Transportation Center   Standard Service (one-way)   Premium Service (one-way)
Altoona Amtrak  $10   $50
Altoona-Blair County Airport  $10  $50
Johnstown-Cambria County Airport  $10  $50
Pittsburgh International Airport  $50   $150
University Park Airport  $25   $150

Weeknight Shopping

 

Weeknight shopping shuttles depart each weeknight from the JFK Center to area stores including Ebensburg Walmart, and shopping malls and plazas in Johnstown and Altoona. The service is free of charge and available on a first-come, first served basis. Students will receive access to their Engage accounts during New Student Orientation. From there they will find the shopping shuttles listed on the activities calendar and can reserve their seat from their laptop.

Check out our weekly shopping shuttle schedule below!

Non-Emergency Medical Transportation

Students who schedule doctor, dentist or eye appointments can request a shuttle transport to Ebensburg, Altoona or Johnstown for a small fee. Request your transportation needs with us immediately after you've scheduled your appointment so we can arrange a vehicle and driver. All non-emergency medical appointment transports will use the Standard Service rates. Contact us in the Center for Student Engagement to arrange for your non-emergency medical transport by dialing (814)-472-3005 or by emailing us at transportation@francis.edu.