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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 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 $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 [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


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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12 news items

Bradenton Herald

The Bradenton Times
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:04:12 -0700

Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) Authority, Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA), Manatee County Area Transit (MCAT) and Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) are nearing a regional transit program that could cover eight Tampa Bay area ...
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Thu, 16 Oct 2014 11:02:54 -0700

During the past four years, tester Richard Buddy Johnson allowed each Sarasota County Area Transit driver to use a chapter of the CDL handbook for assistance during the portion of the exam that covers pre-trip vehicle inspections, which is not ...

Bradenton Herald

Bradenton Herald
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:26:44 -0700

SARASOTA COUNTY -- Sarasota County Area Transit buses will temporarily detour transit service along North Honore Avenue and will not travel on North Cattlemen Road between DeSoto Road and University Parkway beginning Wednesday for the Oct. 16 ...
Bradenton Herald
Sun, 12 Oct 2014 08:55:14 -0700

... only transit system approaching the mall opening with a wait-and-see attitude. Sarasota County Area Transit announced that it will detour its buses around the mall during its opening and perhaps for the entire year-end shopping season to avoid ...


Tue, 07 Oct 2014 14:56:15 -0700

To help with that, the Sarasota County Area transit will have bus routes to transport them to the new mall. So the job opportunities are out there for the taking. And despite all the construction work left to be done, the mall will be ready. "It's ...

Longboat Observer

Longboat Observer
Fri, 10 Oct 2014 08:45:00 -0700

In anticipation of the opening of the Mall at University Town Center Oct. 16, Sarasota County Area Transit is adding additional services in the evening for several routes. Effective Saturday, Oct. 11, routes 6, 12, 17 and 30 will have extended trips ...


Mon, 06 Oct 2014 09:19:25 -0700

Sarasota County Area Transit, as well as other departments, have been in contact for a year trying to address the fears about more congestion around the I-75 interchange. "We brought some consultants in. We worked with both Manatee and Sarasota ...
Bradenton Herald
Thu, 09 Oct 2014 21:04:26 -0700

Beginning Saturday, Sarasota County Area Transit will extend hours for several bus routes, including Lakewood Ranch, and for connections to routes south of University Parkway, transit officials said Thursday. "In an effort to continue to accommodate ...

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