Manatee County Area Transit
OwnerManatee County, Florida
Area servedManatee County
LocaleManatee County
Transit typeBus
Daily ridership4,100 (weekdays, Q3 2023)[1]
Headquarters2411 Tallevast Road
Sarasota, FL 34243

Manatee County Area Transit (MCAT) provides public transportation for Manatee County, Florida and is operated by the county. the system had about 4,100 riders per weekday as of the third quarter of 2023.


The regular bus fare is $1.50 on all local fixed routes. Discounted fares of $0.75 are available for students, disabled (with mobility card), seniors, medicare card holders, and active duty and military veterans. There is no fare for children 5 years or younger and seniors 80 and older. There is no fare for the Anna Maria Island Trolley and the Sunday Beach Express. Discounted fares are not available for the Longboat Key Shuttle.

Unlimited ride cards ("M Cards") are available for purchase for 1 day, 7 day, or 31 days. Regular and discounted rates are available. There is also a 31-day regional pass ("R Card") available for purchase. This pass is good for unlimited rides on both MCAT and SCAT (Sarasota County Area Transit) buses.

Riders can also purchase and access their bus passes using the Token Transit mobile ticketing app for both local and regional fares.[2]

A Mobility Card will be provided to the rider by MCAT when a disability or Veteran status is present to serve as documentation and proof for the discount card. The Mobility Card will alleviate the need to carry medical or Veteran documentation that qualifies the rider for the discount card. This is a separate card from the M Card and will need to be carried with the M Card in case verification is needed. Mobility Cards can be obtained by presenting a letter from a physician or Veteran eligibility paperwork to the Downtown Station and Desoto Station Ticket Sales Offices.[3]

Bus routes

Most local fixed route bus services operate Monday through Saturday from 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Skyway ConneXion service operates on weekdays ONLY, no service on Sundays and holidays.

The Anna Maria Island Trolley operates daily from 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. The Beach Express operates Sundays and holidays from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.[4]

Fixed route and Handy Bus service ends at 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve. The Longboat Key Shuttle service will end at 7 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

The Anna Maria Island Trolley service operates all holidays. Service will end at 7 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

The Beach Express operates on all Sundays and Holidays.[5]

Route Destinations Effective Date
1 Ellenton Outlet Mall November 10, 2018
2 East Bradenton November 10, 2018
3 Manatee Avenue November 10, 2018
4 9th Avenue November 10, 2018
6 Cortez Road November 10, 2018
8 Oneco-Bayshore Gardens November 10, 2018
9 9th Avenue West & 26th Street November 10, 2018
12 State Road 70 November 10, 2018
13 Palmetto November 10, 2018
16 15th Street East November 10, 2018
75 Beach Connexion December 7, 2019
99 U.S. 41 November 10, 2018
201 North County Connexion November 10, 2018
203 SkyWay Connexion November 10, 2018
Trolley Anna Maria Island November 10, 2018
Trolley Beach Express November 10, 2018
Shuttle Longboat Key November 10, 2018

Bus Fleet

MCAT's fleet consists of Gillig Phantom, Low Floor, Low Floor BRT, and Replica Trolley. They operate both clean-diesel and diesel-electric hybrid buses.[6]

In 2018, MCAT was awarded $1.9 million by the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration to replace or rehabilitate their fleet of buses.[7]


  1. ^ "Transit Ridership Report Third Quarter 2023" (PDF). American Public Transportation Association. November 30, 2023. Retrieved December 6, 2023.
  2. ^ White, D'Ann Lawrence (22 April 2018). "Manatee Transit Now Offers Mobile Ticketing Outside County". Retrieved 15 October 2020.
  3. ^ "Fares". Retrieved 2019-12-21.
  4. ^ "Bus Routes and Maps". Retrieved 2019-12-21.
  5. ^ "Holiday Service". Retrieved 2019-12-21.
  6. ^ "MCAT Transit Vehicle Fleet". The Global Transit Guidebook by HARTride 2012. 2016-01-01. Retrieved 2019-12-21.
  7. ^ "MCAT awarded $1.9 million federal grant for bus fleet rehabilitation". Retrieved 2019-12-21.