Sponsor a Rider



Manatee County Area Transit has created a Pre-paid program. 

The current costs for a Handy Bus rider are:

ADA: $2.00 per one-way trip

TD: $2.00 per one-way trip.

Veterans: $5.00 per one-way trip

How does a sponsorship work?

For a minimum payment of $50.00, a Handy Bus rider would receive 25 one-way trips.  These trips can include doctor appointments, dental appointments, prescription pickups; as well as grocery trips, bank trips, and legal or social service appointments.  (All trips are booked on a first-come, first-serve basis)

We also have trips available for Veterans to go to C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center in St. Petersburg, FL, and James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa, FL.  A $50.00 Sponsorship payment would allow 10 one-way trips to these locations.  Once a payment is received, the Handy Bus rider is made aware of their pre-payment status.

How does someone sponsor a Handy Bus rider?

1.  Identify the Handy Bus rider that would benefit from sponsorship.

2.  The Handy Bus rider must be currently registered for service, have an active account and be eligible to book a reservation.  (Please call Customer Service Representatives for more details)

3. Submit a Handy Bus Pre-paid request form submitted with each pre-paid fare payment to MCAT.

4. If you wish to continue sponsoring the designated Handy Bus rider, please provide a valid name, telephone number or email address for notification purposes.  When funds are below $20.00 you will be notified.

5. Handy bus drivers are NOT permitted to take pre-paid payments.

What is Manatee County Area Transit (MCAT)?

MCAT is the major public transportation provider in Manatee County.  MCAT improves the quality of life for County residents and visitors by providing reliable, cost-efficient mobility solutions.

What are the steps to become a sponsor?

1. Call MCAT Handy Bus Service @ 941-748-2317 between the hours of 8:00am 5:00pm Monday through Friday to have a Paratransit Pre-paid form mailed, emailed, or faxed to you.

2. Complete the Paratransit Pre-paid form. 

3. Submit a minimum payment of $50.00 in the form of a money order or check.  Make payable to: MCAT

4. Mail the Paratransit Pre-paid form and payment to:  MCAT 2411 Tallevast Road, Sarasota, FL, 34243.

Contact Us
MCAT Handy Bus
2411 Tallevast Road
Sarasota, FL, 34243
(941) 748-2317


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