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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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Bradenton Herald

Bradenton Herald
Thu, 29 Oct 2015 17:11:20 -0700

Manatee County Area Transit and Sarasota County Area Transit are also preparing to launch an universal pass program for University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee students, faculty and staff. Steele said USF would purchase transportation for a fee ...


Mon, 02 Nov 2015 09:36:31 -0800

SARASOTA, Fla. - Sarasota County transportation officials have announced that several route changes and new services for Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) will become effective Nov. 14. The new Route 80 Express will provide one daily trip each way ...


Mon, 16 Nov 2015 14:16:32 -0800

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Bradenton Herald

Bradenton Herald
Tue, 03 Nov 2015 11:34:10 -0800

Sarasota County Area Transit and Manatee County Area Transit busses share a stop in this 2010 file photograph. File Photo-GRANT JEFFERIES/Bradenton Herald gjefferies@bradenton.com. i. By MEGHIN DELANEY mdelaney@bradenton.com.


Wed, 11 Nov 2015 07:11:15 -0800

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Bradenton Herald

Bradenton Herald
Tue, 14 Apr 2015 15:55:54 -0700

A Sarasota County Area Transit bus loads passengers en route to Palmetto. An unsolicited proposal has been submitted to privatize the Manatee and Sarasota County transit systems. GRANT JEFFERIES/Bradenton Herald File Photo gjefferies@bradenton.
Bradenton Herald
Tue, 28 Apr 2015 14:15:57 -0700

He noted completion of an operational analysis of Sarasota County Area Transit must come first. After reviewing the data, Sarasota commissioners then will decide whether to consider a partnership with Manatee County Area Transit, Harmer said. Transdev ...

Bradenton Herald

Bradenton Herald
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 09:40:05 -0700

Transdev Services Inc., an Illinois company, submitted a proposal to create Sarasota Regional Transit and assume the operation of Manatee County Area Transit and Sarasota County Area Transit. While Sarasota County's review of the proposal was delayed ...

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