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 844-879-7340; press 1 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.

 

Pickup Points and Fares

Wal-Mart Venice                                            

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/Gulf Gate

U.S. 41 and Gulf Gate Dr.
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