MCAT Bus Routes

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Page Updated on 3/19/16.

Coming Soon! Skyway ConneXion!

MCAT currently operates 10 fixed bus routes, the North County ConneXion Flex, and 3 trolleybus routes. The bus system is set up as a hub/spoke system, with routes operating out of centralized transfer centers. Below is a list of each of MCAT’s routes and where they serve. Links to PDF Route Map/Schedule files for each route have been added for convenience. Please note that most routes only operate on a Monday through Saturday schedule, with the North County ConneXion only operating on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. The MCAT Beach Express runs on Sundays and Holidays, and the Longboat Key Trolley runs 7-days a week.


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Route 00001

 

Palmetto/Ellenton: Ellenton Premium Outlets, Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex, Gamble Mansion, Palmetto Village, WalMart on 10th St E (Westbound trips ONLY), Palmetto/Bradenton Fairgrounds, Palmetto High School, Palmetto Transfer Center.

View Route Map and Schedule

Route 00002

East Bradenton: Downtown Bradenton Transfer Center, McKechnie Field, DeSoto Mall Transfer Center, Manasota, Manatee Glens, Red Barn Flea Market.

View Route Map and Schedule

 

Route 00003

Manatee Ave: Holmes Beach, Palma Sola Causeway, Beachway Plaza, Blake Hospital (Eastbound trips ONLY), Westgate Plaza, Manatee High School, South Florida Museum, Downtown Bradenton Transfer Center, Riverfront Rehab Center, Manatee Memorial Hospital, Manatee County Health Department, Carlton Arms, Braden River Plaza (Eastbound trips ONLY), Eden Pointe Apartments (Eastbound trips ONLY), Traveler’s Oasis, WalMart on SR 64 (Westbound trips ONLY).

View Route Map and Schedule

Route 00004

9th Ave: Blake Hospital, GT Bray Park, Manatee High School, Downtown Bradenton Transfer Center, Tropicana Plant on 9th St SE, Avondale Apartments, WalMart on SR 70.

View Route Map and Schedule

 

Route 00006

Cortez Rd/SR 70/Lakewood Ranch: Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach, Paradise Bay Plaza, Blake Hospital, WalMart on Cortez Rd, Cortez Plaza, DeSoto Mall Transfer Center, WalMart on 53rd Ave & US 301, MTC Parking Lot (Limited Trips), LECOM Facility.

View Route Map and Schedule

 

Route 00008

Oneco/Bayshore: DeSoto Mall Transfer Center, Cortez Plaza, Southeast High School (Eastbound trips ONLY), Royal Palm 20 Theaters (Eastbound trips ONLY), WalMart on SR 70 (Eastbound trips ONLY), Presbyterian Villas.

View Route Map and Schedule

 

Route 00009

26th St W: Downtown Bradenton Transfer Center, Bayshore High School, State College of Florida.

View Route Map and Schedule

 

Route 00013

Palmetto Loop: Operates in a one-directional loop through the city of Palmetto – See map for details. Palmetto Transfer Center, Palmetto/Bradenton Fairgrounds, Palmetto High School, Palmetto Village, Bradenton/Manatee County Convention Center, WalMart on 10th St E, Washington Park.

View Route Map and Schedule

 

Route 00016

15th St E/Tallevast: Operates mostly in a one-directional loop through southern Bradenton and Tallevast – See map for details. DeSoto Mall Transfer Center, Park of Commerce, Saunders Industrial Park, Parkland Center, Whitfield Industrial Park, Goodwill Center on 15th St E, Bayshore Shopping Center.

View Route Map and Schedule

 

Route 00099

 

Bradenton/Sarasota Connector: Operated jointly by MCAT and SCAT. Both district’s buses are used along this route. Palmetto Transfer Center, Green Bridge Pier, Downtown Bradenton Transfer Center, McKechnie Field, DeSoto Mall Transfer Center, Cortez Plaza, Bayshore High School, State College of Florida, Bayshore Shopping Center, Powel Crosley Museum, USF Sarasota/Manatee Campus, SRQ Airport, Ringling Museum, Downtown Sarasota Transfer Center on Lemon St (SCAT bus services).

View Route Map and Schedule (Shows which trips are operated by MCAT buses and which ones are operated by SCAT buses).


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Skyway ConneXion: Launches on April 1, 2016 and will operate Monday through Friday with two round trips. Please see the MCAT booklet for details.

Destinations and stops served:

  • MCAT DeSoto Station (Transfer to MCAT Routes 2, 6, 8, 16, and the MCAT/SCAT Route 99)
  • MCAT Downtown Bradenton Station (Transfer to MCAT Routes 2, 3, 4, 9, and the MCAT/SCAT Route 99)
  • MCAT Palmetto Station (Transfer to MCAT Routes 1, 13, the MCAT/SCAT Route 99, and the Manatee North County ConneXion)
  • US 19 (34th St S) and 50th Ave S (Transfer to PSTA Routes 11, 19, and 90)
  • US 19 (34th St S) and 1st Ave S (Stops are located on US 19, just a block’s walk from the PSTA Grand Central Station. Transfer to PSTA Routes 5, 7, 11, 14, 15, 18, 19, 52, 79, 90, 97, and the Central Ave Trolley)
  • Tyrone Blvd and 68th St N (Stops are located on Tyrone Blvd. Transfer to PSTA Routes 18, 38, 62, and 68)
  • C.W. “Bill” Young VA Medical Center at Bay Pines

 

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North County ConneXion: Operates on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays Only – See Booklet for details. WalMart on 10th St W, Walgreens on 10th St W, Publix on 8th Ave W, Palmetto Transfer Center (Street-Side Stop), Holy Cross Manor, North Manatee Heath Care Center, Rubonia.

View Route Brochure


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  • Anna Maria Island Trolley
  • Longboat Key Trolley (Operates Daily – Intercounty Route).
    • Operated jointly by MCAT and SCAT. Both district’s buses are used along this route.
    • Coquina Beach, Longboat Key, Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, St. Armands Circle Shops and Restaraunts, Downtown Sarasota Transfer Center on Lemon St (SCAT bus services).
    • Longboat Trolley Service does NOT run on the following days: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day.
    • View Route Map and Schedule (Shows which trips are operated by MCAT buses and which ones are operated by SCAT buses).
  • Sunday/Holiday Beach Express (Operates on Sundays and Holidays)

More to come soon!

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9 thoughts on “MCAT Bus Routes”

    1. Hello,

      I’m not sure of where you are traveling from. Is this within the vicinity of 44th Ave W and 14th St W (where US Hwy 41 meets with Business 41)? If so, you can take the MCAT Route 6 westbound from this intersection and that will take you to the hospital. The hospital is also served by Routes 3 and 4.

      You can obtain fare and schedule information at http://www.ridemcat.org.

  1. Please I need help!
    I live in Palmetto by the Walmart and I work in downtown Sarasota at the judicial building on Ringling, I also have anxiety issues and I can’t find myself to drive anymore, Uber is getting to expensive for me and I want to know which route I should take to and from work I’m pretty sure is less than what I’m paying right now, can someone Please help me.

    1. Hi Louis,

      I sincerely apologize for the late reply, as I did not see your comment until now. From the Palmetto region, Manatee County Area Transit routes 1 and 13 make alternating trips between the Palmetto Station on US Business 41 and the Downtown Bradenton Station. From there, you can connect to the joint MCAT/Sarasota County Area Transit Route 99 to Downtown Sarasota. Please keep in mind that these routes only operate Monday through Saturday and some holidays. There is no Sunday service on MCAT, except a couple of trolley routes.

      If you need assistance with trip planning, please contact MCAT at 941-642-3318 or SCAT at 941-861-5000. They can even help assist with whether you can qualify for Paratransit Service.

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