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 Transportation for Veterans

 
SCAT offers veterans daily transportation (Monday-Friday) to two out-of-county medical facilities, Bay Pines VA Healthcare System in Bay Pines and James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital in Tampa. This service is provided from six pickup and drop-off points in Sarasota County and costs $8-$13 round trip, depending on the pickup point.

All Veterans requesting service must register. Phone registration is acceptable by calling the Mobility Coordinator at (941) 861-1018.
 
The service is easy to use. Just follow the simple steps:
 
1) Make a reservation by calling SCAT Plus at 941-861-1234; press 5 for reservations.
  • Reservations are required and seating is limited to 20 passengers.
  • Reservations must be made at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled medical appointment.
  • Reservations for Monday appointments must be made the Friday before.
  • Reservations close at 2 p.m. each day.
2) Make sure that your medical appointments are scheduled between: Make sure that your medical appointments are scheduled between:
  • 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. at Bay Pines VA Healthcare System
  • 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital.
  • Veterans must be ready to leave the hospital no later than 2:30 p.m. to be assured a ride home.
3) Arrive on time at the prearranged boarding point. Arrive on time at the prearranged boarding point.*
  • Bring exact fare. If you do not have the fare, contact the Veterans Office at 2200 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, or call 941-861-2899.
  • Fare also includes the transportation of the caregiver but ONLY if medically necessary.
  • This is a pay-as-you-go system.
  • * Individuals who are unable to get to the pickup point due to a disability may be able to use the SCAT paratranist service.
  • This service requires an application and personal assessment prior to use.
  • This service is only available in Sarasota County from 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m. 
Questions? Call 941-861-5000.

 

 

 Pickup Points and Fares

 

Walmart                                              
U.S. 41 and Jacaranda Blvd.                     
Venice                                                   
6:25–6:30 a.m.                                     
SCAT bus stop                                        
Fare: $13 Round Trip   
 
Publix
Nokomis
6:40–6:45 a.m.
Parking lot in front of store
Fare: $12 Round Trip 

JC Penney at Westfield Sarasota Square      
8201 S. Tamiami Trail                                
Sarasota                                                
6:50–6:55 a.m.
West side facing U.S. 41                  
Fare: $8 Round Trip                     
 
Bank of America
U.S. 41 and Gulf Gate Drive
Sarasota
6525 S. Tamiami Trail
7–7:05 a.m.
Fare: $8 Round Trip
 
Veterans Office
2200 Ringling Blvd.                                   
Sarasota
Fare: $8 Round Trip                   
 
North Sarasota Library
2810 Newtown Blvd., Sarasota
7:50-7:55 a.m.
Fare: $8 Round Trip

Sarasota County, Florida
941-861-5000
TTY: 7-1-1
or 1-800-955-8771
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