The Student Nighttime Auxiliary Patrol (SNAP) is a free, nightly, campus safety and transportation service for students sponsored by UF Student Government, Student Traffic Court and UF Transportation and Parking Services. SNAP operates four to seven 15-passenger vans (depending on demand) seven nights a week from 6:30 PM – 3 AM during the Fall and Spring semesters and from 8:30 PM – 3 AM during the Summer semester.
New UF SNAP By Spare App Has Replaced TapRide
As Primary Method For Requesting SNAP Service
Please be aware that as of January 7, 2023, the TapRide app is in the process of being discontinued by its parent company and will no longer work to request SNAP rides. Instead, students should download our new UF SNAP by Spare app in order to request rides and use the SNAP service.
The UF SNAP by Spare app is free and available in the iOS and Android app stores and uses UF’s normal Gatorlink authentication process with two-step verification to allow students to sign in and request rides. The new app also allows more efficient driver routing and service, more accurate ETAs and van tracking, and a more modern and user-friendly interface.
Important Tips For Using UF SNAP by Spare
You can only receive rides to and from SNAP’s approved stops on campus:
The UF SNAP by Spare app will allow you to enter any address you like for your pick-up or drop-off, but your van won’t actually go to those addresses. Instead, the app will give you walking directions to the closest SNAP stop to the address you entered and provides an ETA for how long it will take a driver to arrive at that stop (you’ll need to make sure you arrive at the stop before the driver does to avoid being left behind).
For fastest service, though, don’t submit requests using random locations: instead, go to one of SNAP’s 80+ approved stops on and around campus and request to be picked up there.
If you’re typing your pick-up and drop-off locations in the search fields, SNAP’s approved stops will be shown in the list with orange flag icons, and all other non-approved locations will show with red icons. If you’re setting your pick-up and drop-off locations using the map, SNAP’s approved stops will display as black dots.
To see a map of SNAP’s approved stops, scroll down the page or click here.
You can now see your driver’s ETA for how long it will take to pick you up BEFORE you submit the request:
Once you start submitting a request, the UF SNAP by Spare app tells you how long it’ll be before your driver arrives at your stop. If SNAP is super busy at that moment, though, and you feel like the wait is too long, just wait 5-10 minutes and try your request again instead of submitting it and then cancelling.
SNAP receives the most demand for service between the hours of 7:00 – 11:00pm each night:
Please be patient and expect longer wait times during this period. Also, please don’t cancel and re-submit your rides right away – the UF SNAP by Spare app’s internal algorithm calculates ETAs and dispatches drivers based on the order each request is received, so if you submit a ride request, delete it, and then re-submit the same request, that pushes you further down the list for service each time.
Plus, repeated cancelling and resubmitting of rides slows down the algorithm for everyone and may prevent someone else from receiving a ride.
Click here for our PDF tutorial on using UF SNAP by Spare!
Finally, if you’d prefer not to download the UF SNAP by Spare app, you can still request SNAP service by using the UF SNAP by Spare web portal. The web portal allows customers to submit ride requests and track their van in the same manner as the UF SNAP by Spare app and can be accessed from any browser.
We’re looking for great people to join our team!
SNAP employees start at $13/hour and enjoy flexible scheduling and a fun, fast-paced work environment – if you would like to become a SNAP employee and help make a difference for your fellow students’ safety, click below to apply:
How To Request A SNAP Ride
To submit SNAP ride requests, please use the free UF SNAP by Spare app (available in the Android and iOS app stores). To contact SNAP directly for emergencies or questions about our service, please call (352) 392-SNAP (7627) during regular nighttime business hours.
SNAP Vehicle and Staff Identification
Please be aware that SNAP vans will always be painted white and marked with SNAP and Transportation and Parking Services lettering (see our fleet images below for reference), and our employees will always be wearing either an orange or black and white SNAP/TAPS uniform shirt. Please do not accept any rides from anyone who is driving an unmarked vehicle or not wearing a SNAP/TAPS uniform – if you are approached by anyone like this and asked to ride with them, please notify UFPD as soon as possible at (352) 392-1111.
SNAP Fleet Images – click on each image below to enlarge it:
Map of SNAP Pickup/Dropoff Locations
For a mobile-friendly map, click here