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Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT)
SCAT Logo.svg
Sarasota transit gillig phantom.JPG
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 Rocky Burke [1]
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 $20
  • 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)


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 [2].

  • 1-Fruitville
  • 1A-Fruitville 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
  • 10-Siesta Village
  • 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
  • 28-Toledo Blade
  • 29-Glenallen ( Price Blvd./Sumter )
  • 30-University
  • 33-Pinecraft Limited
  • 40-Webber
  • 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


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]

Original courtesy of Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarasota_County_Area_Transit — Please support Wikipedia.
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265 news items


Thu, 14 Apr 2016 12:30:00 -0700

SARASOTA COUNTY - Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) is making minor changes to its system in North Port, its express bus service and other minor schedule adjustments that will take effect April 16. The changes will affect Monday-Saturday routes 9, 10 ...


Mon, 25 Apr 2016 16:03:45 -0700

SARASOTA, FL – Sarasota County is picking up the tab for all riders on Sarasota County Area Transit buses on April 26. Last week, the Sarasota County Commission proclaimed April 26 to be Try Transit Day. The vent is a collaboration with Manatee County ...
The Bradenton Times
Mon, 25 Apr 2016 21:07:30 -0700

BRADENTON — At Monday's MPO meeting, members voted to approve their 2016 Project Priority list and a Federal Transit Administration Grant application for Sarasota County Area Transit projects. In other business, Manatee County Commissioner Betsy ...
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Wed, 13 Apr 2016 17:33:45 -0700

The Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) has routes on the north side of Englewood. Charlotte County currently only uses a “dial-and-ride” system instead of fixed bus routes, so residents are encouraged to schedule two days in advance for a bus to pick ...

The News-Press

The News-Press
Sun, 17 Apr 2016 20:45:00 -0700

Sarasota County Area Transit: -6.3 percent. Broward County Transit (Fort Lauderdale): -5.5 percent. Central Florida Regional Transit (Orlando): -5.5 percent. Palm Beach County: -5.4 percent. Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (Tampa): -2.6 percent ...
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Tue, 12 Apr 2016 14:11:15 -0700

The county received $200,000 from an anonymous donor via the Manatee Community Foundation to create a two-year staff position for a health care services manager. The specialist will assist the county in developing a new program for improving access to ...


Wed, 06 Apr 2016 12:41:15 -0700

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Mon, 14 Dec 2015 08:04:48 -0800

There will be no Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) bus service on Dec. 25 or Jan. 1. Regular bus service will operate on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. Residents who live in unincorporated areas of the county will not have yard waste, recyclables ...

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