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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
  • 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 # 9303 (Part 1)

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

Sarasota County Area Transit Orion 1 # 9301 Part 2

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Sarasota County Area Transit Orion 5 # 9404 Part 3

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213 news items

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 ...
Bradenton Herald
Mon, 24 Nov 2014 10:30:53 -0800

Sarasota County Area Transit bus service will be suspended Thursday and will resume Friday. The SCAT administration office and the Downtown Transfer Station customer service window will be closed Thursday and Friday. • Payne Park is closed Thursday ...

Bradenton Herald

Bradenton Herald
Wed, 03 Dec 2014 16:17:55 -0800

Mathes envisions the mall, its main anchors, Target and other large employers in area centers to be involved as well as Sarasota County Area Transit and Manatee County Area Transit. Both bus lines will be able to use a new bus station Benderson is ...


Thu, 27 Nov 2014 02:44:41 -0800

SARASOTA, Fla -- All government offices in both Sarasota and Manatee counties will be closed on Thanksgiving day. The closings include libraries and courhouses. Where's the story? PointsMentioned Map 2 Points Mentioned. Sarasota County Area Transit ...
Longboat Observer
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 02:52:30 -0800

Sarasota County Area Transit buses will not run on Thursday, but full service resumes Friday. Payne Park and the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex will both close Thursday before reopening Friday. In addition to its sixth-annual Thanksgiving “Turkey ...

Lexington Herald Leader

Lexington Herald Leader
Mon, 08 Dec 2014 21:48:44 -0800

19 to take a position as director of Sarasota County Area Transit in Florida. The project is estimated to cost $26.3 million, which includes the land, said Lextran spokeswoman Jill Barnett. Lextran has leveraged federal grants and tax credits, "which ...


Fri, 28 Nov 2014 04:57:06 -0800

SARASOTA, FL- Florida Highway Patrol Troopers are looking for the person who smashed a car into a Sarasota County Area Transit bus and drove away. It happened at the intersection of Stickney Point/Clark rd. and Swift Road just after 6p.m. on Wednesday.
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 04:01:04 -0800

SARASOTA COUNTY - Authorities are searching for the driver of a car that collided with a Sarasota County Area Transit bus on Wednesday then drove away. According to a report from the Florida Highway Patrol: The vehicle was traveling west on Clark Road ...

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