FREE BUS USE DURING COVID-19

FREE BUS USE DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC IN MANATEE, SARASOTA, AND LEE COUNTIES.
  • Both SCAT and MCAT have suspended fares for all bus riders.
  • Fares were suspended on March 20th.
  • Riders do NOT need bus passes to ride either the SCAT or MCAT systems.
  • No bus pass sales currently available.
  • The busses are now operating on their Saturday schedule on Monday through Saturday.
  • Sunday service remains on the Sunday schedule. 
  • Several bus routes have been suspended, i.e. Venice beach route, Siesta Key beach route, etc.
  • Please check with SCAT to determine operational hours and schedules.
  • If you still have credit on your current bus pass, keep it because it will be honored.  DO NOT throw the pass away.
  • SCAT+ is also operating free for door to door service.

Manatee County will operate like this for an indefinite period of time.

Sarasota County will operate like this through April 12th, but will then be reevaluated.

Transportation changes related to COVID-19

 

Sarasota County 

Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) has suspended fares for all bus riders, including door to door transit.  The buses are now operating on their Saturday schedule on Monday through Saturday with Sunday service remaining the same.
Several bus routes have been suspended, such as Venice beach route and Siesta Key beach route.
Please check with
SCAT to determine operational hours and schedules.

 

Manatee County

Manatee County Area Transit (MCAT) is offering free fixed route transit and Handy Bus service.

The special includes MCAT Route 99 buses that travel into Sarasota County.

With free fare, passengers can get on and off buses and trolleys using the rear door, creating more social distancing by eliminating the need for passengers to board at the front door to access the fare box, next to the driver.

Please check with MCAT for any updates or changes.

 

Lee County 

LeeTran has waived all fares effective Monday, March 23.
The beach trolley and tram service suspended as of March 19.
The LeeTran Headquarters and Rosa Parks transportation Center are closed until further notice.
Applications and reservations for ADA (Passport) service will be conducted over the phone by calling (239) 533-0300.

Check with LeeTran for more information.