Sarasota County Area Transit to host series of open houses on redesign of bus system

Sessions to be held in county libraries beginning Dec. 2

A county SCAT Plus para-transit bus makes a stop. Image courtesy Sarasota County

Sarasota County staff will host four open houses to allow residents and patrons of the Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) system the opportunity to share ideas about a redesign of the SCAT network and services, the county has announced.

The county has been exploring SCAT mobility redesign concepts in an effort “to better meet the needs, demands, and expectations of the community,” a news release points out.

All four meetings will be identical and will be open to the public. People are welcome to attend the sessions at any time during the following hours, the release says:

  • Monday, Dec. 2, 4:30 to 7 p.m. — Selby Public Library, Jack J. Geldbart Auditorium, located at 1331 First St in downtown, Sarasota.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 3, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Gulf Gate Library, located at 7112 Curtiss Ave. in Sarasota.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 3, 3:45 to 5:45 p.m. — Shannon Staub Library, located at 4675 Career Lane in North Port.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 4, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. — William H. Jervey Jr. Venice Public Library, located at 300 Nokomis Ave. in Venice.

“The SCAT transit network needs to keep pace with the county’s changing landscape and traffic patterns, as well as with rapidly evolving mobility technology,” the release points out. “A transformation of the network will enable SCAT to embrace innovation while still providing the most effective and sustainable mass transit system to the community,” the release adds.

To learn more about SCAT, call the county Contact Center at 861-5000 or visit (keywords Sarasota County Area Transit).