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Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT)
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Founded 1979
Headquarters 5303 Pinkney Ave
Locale Sarasota County, FL
Service type bus service, paratransit
Routes 24
Fuel type Diesel, Diesel-electric hybrid
Chief executive Glama Carter
Website SCAT

Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) provides public transportation for Sarasota County, Florida and is operated by the county. SCAT maintains 24 fixed-line bus routes plus a dial-a-ride paratransit service (SCAT Plus). Bus service is offered throughout Sarasota County from 5am until midnight 7 days a week. There is no service on most major holidays, with the Longboat Trolley being the only exception. However, trolley service does not run on Thanksgiving or Christmas Day.

Fare Structure[edit]

Fixed Route[edit]

  • Single ride 1.25$
  • Discounted Single ride 60¢ (Must have a SCAT Gold or Medicare card)

Express Route[edit]

  • Single ride one way $2.50
  • Discounted Single ride one way $1.25 (Must have a SCAT Gold or Medicare card)

Unlimited Ride Passes[edit]

  • 30-Day Passport $50
  • 7-Day Passport $25
  • Discounted 30-Day Passport $25 (Must have a SCAT Gold or Medicare card)
  • Discounted 7-Day Passport $10 (Must have a SCAT Gold or Medicare card)
  • Day Pass $4
  • R-Card $60 (Regional 30 day card for use in both Sarasota and Manatee Counties)
  • Discounted R-Card $30 (Must have SCAT Gold, Manatee Mobility or Medicare card)

Express Ride Pass[edit]

  • 30-Day Passport $85
  • Discounted 30-day Passport $42.50 (Must have a SCAT Gold or Medicare card)

Transfers[edit]

SCAT will offer MCAT transfers ONLY on Route 99 for those boarding at or north of the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport. Transfer fare is subject to the MCAT fare schedule.

SCAT Plus[edit]

  • Single ride $2.50

SCAT Bus Routes[edit]

SCAT operates 24 different local bus routes, servicing as far south as Venice, North Port and Englewood. Additionally, SCAT operates two joint routes with Manatee County Area Transit (MCAT); the Longboat Trolley route 18, and route 99 (Sarasota/Bradenton Connector).

In April 2011, SCAT introduced its first express route between North Port & Downtown Sarasota [1].

  • 1-Fruitville
  • 1A-Fruitville Road via McIntosh
  • 2-Coconut Avenue/Airport
  • 3-Pinecraft
  • 4-Lido
  • 5-Osprey-Swift
  • 6-Beneva
  • 7-Newtown NE Plaza
  • 8-Newtown 301
  • 9-North Port
  • 11-Siesta Key
  • 12-North Lockwood
  • 13-Venice
  • 14-Bee Ridge
  • 15-Airport-Cattlemen ( Hourly Service Now Monday-Saturday )
  • 16-Englewood-Venice
  • 17-Trail
  • 18-Longboat
  • 20-Toledo Blade
  • 29-Glenallen ( Price Blvd./Sumter )
  • 40-Webber Limited
  • 99-Palmetto-Sarasota Connector (Together with MCAT)
  • 100x-North Port/Downtown Sarasota Express via I-75: 90x North Port/Venice Island/Downtown Sarasota Express via I-75

Late-Night and Sunday Service[edit]

Due to growing ridership demand, SCAT introduced late-night and Sunday service on select routes in 2007. Of the 11 routes selected for this service modification, two (6 & 12) run as standalone routes, while the rest are "combined" routes. Route 9S was added in November 2009

  • 2/15-Cocoanut - SRQ Airport - University Parkway
  • 14/11-Siesta Key -Lake Sarasota- ( New Hourly Service as of Nov. 1st 2009 )
  • 17/13-U.S. 41 to Jacaranda Southgate, Sarasota Pavilion, Sarasota Square, Venice Train Depot- ( New Hourly Service as of Nov. 1st. 2009 )
  • 8/5/17-Tallevast - Sarasota Memorial Hospital
  • 12-North Lockwood Ridge University Parkway to Wal-Mart
  • 6-Beneva Westfield Sarasota Square Mall
  • 9S-North Port via US 41

Fleet[edit]

SCAT maintains a fleet of Gillig buses, including ten hybrid BRT buses that the agency purchased in 2006. SCAT also has a contigency fleet of Orion I and Orion V buses.

Not pictured

  • 35 Foot Orion V
  • 30 Foot Gillig Low Floor BRT Hybrid
  • 40 Foot Gillig Low Floor BRT Coach (used for express routes)

Future plans[edit]

SCAT is currently laying out the future of Sarasota County public transit with the following projects.

Bus Rapid Transit[edit]

SCAT began planning out bus rapid transit (BRT) service along US 41 from Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport to downtown Sarasota, with possible links south of the area. The project is currently in the early planning stages, with no funding allocated at the moment. However, the agency is seeking federal financial assistance for the project.

References and external links[edit]


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Sarasota County Area Transit - Planning for the Future

Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) gathers input from the public when planning changes to the tranist system.

Sarasota County Area Transit Orion 1 # 9301 Part 2

2ND Clip Aboard The 1ST SCAT Orion 1 # 9301 getting off at Lockwood Ridge Road.

Sarasota County Area Transit Orion 5 # 9404 Part 2

SCAT Orion 5 Bus # 9404 on Route # 17 Trail-Venice.

Sarasota County Area Transit Orion 5 # 9404 Part 3

SCAT Orion 5 # 9404 From U.S 41 To Sarasota Square.

Sarasota County Area Transit Orion 1 # 9303 (Part 1)

Onboard the 3RD And Final SCAT Orion 1 Delivered to SCAT # 9303, this bus has different seating than the others and have a new exterior paint scheme. This on...

Sarasota County Area Transit Orion 5 # 9406 Part 2

SCAT Orion 5 # 9406 front row view.

Sarasota County Area Transit Orion 1 Bus # 9301 (Part 1)

Onboard 1 of 3 SCAT Orion 1's # 9301 this is the 1ST one delivered, it is seen on Route # 15 Airport-Cattlemen from Webber To University.

Sarasota County Area Transit Orion 1 Bus # 9302 Part 1

Onboard SCAT Orion 1 # 9302 Which is the 2ND Orion 1 Delivered to the Fleet, and is seen on Route # 14 Bee Ridge Eastbound from Tuttle Avenue To Beneva Road.

Sarasota County Area Transit Orion 5 # 9403 Part 2

2ND Clip Aboard SCAT Orion 5 # 9403.

Sarasota County Area Transit Orion 5 Bus # 9403 Part 1

SCAT Orion 5 Bus # 9403 on Route # 12 Lockwood Ridge.

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7 news items

 
Longboat Observer
Mon, 31 Mar 2014 10:26:15 -0700

Including Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) Department (along with Public Utilities, Public Works, and Planning and Development Services) in the Community Development/Infrastructure group, under Assistant County Administrator Mark Cunningham.
 
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Tue, 08 Apr 2014 11:11:15 -0700

NORTH PORT - Sarasota County Area Transit passed on the idea. The Sarasota County Commission, however, does not want to let it drop. Commuters from North Port are currently parking their cars on an empty lot owned by Sarasota Memorial Hospital, ...
 
WWSB ABC 7
Mon, 31 Mar 2014 09:41:15 -0700

Sarasota County Area Transit is considering moving the downtown bus transfer station on Lemon Avenue. They are completing a feasibility study that is to be presented to Sarasota County commissioners upon completion. Supporters of moving the bus stop ...

Longboat Observer

Bradenton Herald
Mon, 24 Mar 2014 20:56:15 -0700

It is also important for new or revamped routes to interconnect smoothly with the neighboring Sarasota County Area Transit, he said. "The bus route is an exciting new opportunity for students who otherwise would not have transportation to SCF-Lakewood ...

Bradenton Herald

Bradenton Herald
Tue, 01 Apr 2014 20:56:15 -0700

Re-aligning Route 16 to connect to Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport, along with transfer possibilities with buses from Sarasota County Area Transit. • Extending Route 6 along State Road 70 to link the Gulf beaches and Lakewood Ranch. • Adding ...

Bradenton Herald

Bradenton Herald
Wed, 02 Apr 2014 20:56:15 -0700

Re-aligning route 16 to connect to Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport, along with transfers with buses from Sarasota County Area Transit. • Extending route 6 along State Road 70 to link Gulf beaches and Lakewood Ranch. • Adding new service to ...
 
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Fri, 21 Mar 2014 14:45:30 -0700

Consultants emphasized the need to coordinate efforts with Sarasota County Area Transit, which also is updating its routes. In July, SCAT buses will begin traveling east of I-75 and south of University Parkway to State College of Florida and Keiser ...
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