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SCAT Express buses will get Wi-Fi access on March 4
SCAT Express buses will get Wi-Fi access on March 4

Sarasota County, Florida -- Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) has announced riders will have wireless network access on SCAT's eight Express buses -- serving Express routes 100X North Port-Sarasota and 90X North Port-Venice-Sarasota - starting Monday, March 4.

Designed for commuters, the 40-foot Express buses are SCAT's largest buses, with seats for 40 passengers.

The Express routes have limited stops on long routes - about 70 minutes for 100X and 85 minutes for the 90X - so riders have time to relax, read or now access the Internet through a wireless network. Each bus will have a unique wireless network name.

SCAT is providing riders with the following disclaimers:

  • The SCAT wireless network is an open, unsecured network. Riders are advised to use at their own risk.
  • Users are required to accept the county's terms of service.
  • Sarasota County does not provide technical support for the riders' device or possible connectivity problems.
  • The county does not guarantee Internet connectivity or 4G performance. Performance may vary, based on the number of active users and the wireless provider's network availability.

SCAT also asks Wi-Fi users to be courteous to other riders. For example, they advise users to keep volumes muted or wear headphones.

The Express fares are $2.50 one way or $5 round trip. A 30-day pass is $85 and a discounted half-fare pass costs $42.50 for persons 65 years or older and eligible persons with disabilities. 

Release courtesy Sarasota County Government.