Manatee County Area Transit (MCAT) continues to be the major public transportation provided in Manatee County and proudly serves the Bradenton, Ellenton, Palmetto and Gulf Beach communities.

MCAT will continue to improve the quality of life for County residents and visitors by providing, in a cost-efficient manner, a readily-accessible, intermodal means of mobility for those who want to use its services, and by providing alternative means of transportation to minimize impacts of traffic congestion on major roads in the county.

Hours of Service

Buses run 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday – Saturday.
Sunday Service is limited to Beach Express, Anna Maria Island Trolley and Longboat Key Trolley.

MCAT fixed route buses connect with the free Manatee Trolley on Anna Maria Island. Although the service is free, donations are accepted.
Daily service runs from 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. every 20 minutes from the Anna Maria City Pier to Coquina Beach.

MCAT fixed routes also connect with the Longboat Key Trolley.
Daily service runs from 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. every 60 minutes from Coquina Beach through St. Armands Circle to downtown Sarasota.

MCAT offers a Handy Bus (paratransit) service by appointment for people who qualify due to disability. Please click here for more details.

Holiday Service

The MCAT Administration and Sales and Information offices are closed:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Presidents’ Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Veterans Day
  • Thanksgiving Day and the Friday after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day

There is no fixed route, Longboat Key Trolley or Handy Bus service on:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

Fixed route and Handy Bus service ends at 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve. The Longboat Key Trolley 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.