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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 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
  • 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 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


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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Sarasota County Area Transit Orion 1 # 9302 Part 2

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Sarasota County Area Transit Orion 5 # 9404 Part 2

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

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Sarasota County Area Transit Orion 1 # 9303 Part 2

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Sarasota County Area Transit Orion 5 # 9404 Part 3

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125 news items

Bradenton Herald

Bradenton Herald
Tue, 13 Jan 2015 21:14:05 -0800

The commission also approved having public hearings before eliminating the fare for Sarasota County Area Transit riders 80 years old and older, less than about 2 percent of SCAT total ridership. In September, the Manatee County Commission submitted a ...

Longboat Observer

Longboat Observer
Tue, 13 Jan 2015 13:24:40 -0800

The commissioners also approved a public hearing to consider allowing Sarasota County Area Transit riders who are 80 years old or older to ride for free. The 80-or-above demographic makes up 2% of SCAT's ridership, Rocky Burke, the new SCAT director, ...
Longboat Observer
Fri, 23 Jan 2015 08:41:15 -0800

The Cattleman Road transfer station for Sarasota County Area Transit placed as a finalist in the Florida Foundation for Architecture's 2014 People's Choice Award. The award is facilitated by the Florida Association of the American Institute of ...

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Tue, 30 Dec 2014 09:48:45 -0800

Bradenton Police Deputy Chief Warren Merriman faces allegations of bilking money from the department and the Pittsburgh Pirates for reportedly getting paid for unworked hours. sRegistry07. Randell Johnson, left, and his partner Robert Jensen were the ...


Wed, 19 Nov 2014 02:44:00 -0800

Discuss; Print. Posted in Local, News on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 11:53 pm. | Tags: Rocky Burke, Transit Director, Sarasota County, Lexington, General Manager, Sarasota Florida, Lexington Kentucky, Scat, Sarasota County Area Transit ...
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Sun, 23 Nov 2014 15:37:30 -0800

The county has tapped Rocky A. Burke as the new director of Sarasota County Area Transit. Burke comes to the job with more than 15 years of managerial experience in the public transit sector, most recently serving in a similar role for Lextran in ...
Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:48:28 -0700

MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. -- Manatee County Area Transit (MCAT) wants to implement major changes to its bus service. Today the organization held its fifth and final public workshop to get comment from the community. "I thank God every day for the bus ...
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Tue, 29 Apr 2014 18:34:05 -0700

Outsourcing that piece of the Sarasota County Area Transit system could mean some bus drivers would lose their jobs. It could also save taxpayers $1.5 million a year, at a time when the county is searching for ways to trim spending, SCAT Director Glama ...

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