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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]

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20 news items

Bradenton Herald
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:56:15 -0700

SCAT buses on routes 15 and 30 will be detoured away from Cattlemen Road via other nearby streets to reduce congestion, Sarah Blanchard, senior planner for Sarasota County Area Transit, said during a meeting of the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan ...
Fri, 12 Sep 2014 09:25:23 -0700

At around 9:45 a.m. Thursday, 43-year-old Rodrigue Macharie, was on-duty driving a Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) paratransit bus when police say he drove his bus to North Tamiami Trail and flagged down who he thought was a prostitute, but was ...

New York Daily News

First Coast News
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:37:30 -0700

Rodrigue Macharie, 43, a Sarasota County Area Transit driver, attempted to negotiate a $20 sex act with what he thought was a prostitute but was actually an undercover policewoman, officials told WFLA-TV. "The bus driver pulled down to a dead end ...
Mon, 22 Sep 2014 08:32:53 -0700

Sarasota County Area Transit has been providing 30-day deeply discounted bus passes, known as Liberty Passes, for the homeless and working poor for years now. But it's a service many in the homeless community admit was being abused. "They can get ...
The Bradenton Times
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:04:13 -0700

... Planning Organization meeting, members reviewed updates on the FDOT S.R. 70 / I-75 project, got an update report by Secretary Hattaway on the Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Initiative, and were presented with the Sarasota County Area ...

Longboat Observer

Longboat Observer
Mon, 25 Aug 2014 10:57:22 -0700

The Sarasota County Commission will discuss the media production incentive rebate program, the Come As You Are homeless shelter and Sarasota County Area Transit tomorrow. The Sarasota County Commission will hold its first meeting after its recess this ...

Longboat Observer

Longboat Observer
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:08:57 -0700

Mike Cook, a Siesta Key resident who lives near the discussed section of road, supported both the speed limit reduction and the allowance of low-speed vehicles. Near Point of Rocks Road there is a Sarasota County Area Transit stop, school bus stop and ...
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Fri, 05 Sep 2014 16:15:00 -0700

Weeden has a meeting scheduled with Sarasota County Area Transit officials to talk about bus service. She asked the council members for their guidance by ranking a list of more than 30 items, including installing grate covers on bridges, studying the ...

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