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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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Sarasota County Area Transit Orion 1 # 9303 (Part 1)

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Sarasota County Area Transit Orion 5 # 9404 Part 1

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Sarasota County Area Transit Orion 5 # 9404 Part 3

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107 news items

Lexington Herald Leader
Sun, 16 Nov 2014 14:13:03 -0800

Rocky Burke tendered his resignation effective Dec. 19, according to a news release issued by Lextran. Burke has accepted a position as director of Sarasota County Area Transit. Burke, who had been general manager at Lextran since February 2008, was ...
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 ...
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:15:00 -0700

One area where the four candidates generally agreed was that Sarasota County Area Transit needs some changes. Ramirez called for more frequent bus services. Maio and Minder said some buses are too big for their ridership. Several candidates said bus ...

New York Daily News

New York Daily News
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 01:43:52 -0700

A special needs bus driver in Florida made an unscheduled stop Thursday. He wanted to pick up a prostitute, but instead drove into a police sting, according to reports. Rodrigue Macharie, 43, a Sarasota County Area Transit driver, was on duty when he ...
Bradenton Herald
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:19:35 -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 ...
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Tue, 29 Apr 2014 11:09:51 -0700

That money will come from various areas that got general fund money and did not use it all, including Sarasota County Area Transit, workers compensation and the fleet of vehicles. “We're looking everywhere and trying to be efficient,” said Chief ...

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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 ...

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