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Please find below tips and helpful information about the fares, fare policies and bus passes for riding public buses and trolleys in Manatee County.

Local Fixed Route $
Regular Bus Fare 1.50
Seniors, 60 – 79 years of age .75
Seniors, 80 years & older Free
Disabled (must present Mobility Card) .75
Medicare Card Holders .75
Active Duty and All Military Veterans .75
Children 5 years old and younger Free
M Card 1 Day Regular 4.00
M Card 1 Day Discount 2.00
M Card 7 Day Regular 12.00
M Card 7 Day Discount 6.00
M Card 31 Day Regular 40.00
M Card 31 Day Discount 20.00
R Card 30 Day Regular 60.00
R Card 30 Day Discount 30.00
Anna Maria Island Trolley Free
Longboat Key Shuttle 1.50
Beach Express – Sundays and Holidays Free

 

Exact Fare; U.S. coins/currency/M Cards/R Cards only or you will receive a change card. Our operators cannot make change.

M Cards and R Cards are good for unlimited rides during the time period imprinted on the back of the card. Transfers are not required when using an M Card or R Card. Swipe your card every time you board an MCAT bus. M Cards and R Cards are the property of MCAT and are non-refundable, non-transferable and/or non-replaceable if lost, stolen, altered, rendered inoperable or destroyed and are for transportation on MCAT fixed-route buses only. Unauthorized use, reproduction or sales of cards are subject to deactivation, confiscation and/or legal prosecution.

Discount Cards and Fare Eligibility

Discount cards can be purchased when certain documentation is provided at time of sale. Examples of this documentation can be as follows:

  • Senior (ages 60-79): Current valid photo ID with age
  • Medicare: Current valid photo ID with Medicare card
  • Disability: Letter from physician identifying medical condition falls under Part 37 of Transportation Services for Individuals with Disabilities (ADA)
  • Active Duty and All Military Veterans: Valid photo ID
  • Student: Currently enrolled with valid student ID.

NOTE: With discount cards documentation may be requested at any time by the driver. MCAT will provide a Mobility Card to those who receive a discount card due to disability.

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. For more information, please call Transit Information at (941) 749-7116.

Mail-In Pass Purchase Application

The 7 and 31-Day Discount M Cards and 30-Day Discount R Cards are only available at the MCAT Ticket Booth and by mail (photocopies of eligibility documents by mail are required). The 1-Day Discount M Card may only be purchased on the bus, issued from the fare box. You must show proof of eligibility to the driver at the time of purchase. Drivers are not authorized to sell discount M Cards without seeing proof of eligibility. There are no exceptions.

Sales and Information Offices

Downtown Bradenton
601 13th Street West
Bradenton, FL 34205
M-F, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

DeSoto Station
820 301 Boulevard West
Bradenton, FL 34205
M-F, 12:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Palmetto Station
1802 8th Avenue West
Palmetto, FL 34221

Sales and Information offices hours are subject to change. M Cards and R Cards purchased with checks returned for insufficient funds will be deactivated.

Goodwill Store
2715 51st Street East
Bradenton , FL 34208

Goodwill Store
8750 State Road 70
Bradenton, FL 34202

Goodwill Store
3465 Cortez Road West
Bradenton, FL 34205

Discount Fare Cards not available at Goodwill Store locations.