CAT Services

Buses

CAT operates more than 60 accessible buses on 16 routes. Our operators are extensively trained to know the city well and to drive their vehicles safely. In addition, operators are taught to act as city ambassadors and be as helpful as possible while getting passengers safely to their destinations.

Dot Shuttle Savannah Belles Ferry

Thanks to a partnership with the city of Savannah, CAT operates a free downtown shuttle called the dot. In addition, the Savannah Belles Ferry system links River Street to Hutchinson Island by providing free passage across the Savannah River.

CAT Mobility

Because we believe everyone deserves access to public transportation, CAT provides a reservation-based, curb-to-curb mobility service, CAT Mobility, to eligible persons with disabilities in Chatham County. To learn about eligibility and other aspects of the paratransit program, visit our accessibility section.

Catching a CAT

Choose one of the options below to determine which CAT to catch:

  1. Token Transit Mobile Ticketing App
    Now you can purchase bus passes with your smart phones using the Token Transit mobility ticketing app, which can then be used to purchase digital tickets to board buses. To ride, the customer simply shows the bus operator the ticket displayed on the smart phone instead of sticking a pass or cash into the farebox. Simply go to the Apple App Store or Google Play and download the Token Transit app for free today.
  2. CAT App
    Now you can access real-time bus info on your mobile device with the CAT App.  The passenger information system is a time-saving initiative that gives customers the estimated arrival time of the bus at their stop.  The CAT App makes trip planning easy and is complimentary.  Simply go to the Apple App Store or Google Play and download for free today.
  3. Google Trip Planner
    In the picture at the top of each page on our website is a green box that says “Plan Your Trip.” Clicking on this opens up our Google Trip Planner where you can enter destinations and desired times and let Google plan your trip. Results will be shown on Google Maps, where you’ll see the various transit options available and you can customize your travel plans further.
  4. System Map
    The system map offers a color-coded map of all the routes served by Chatham Area Transit. Find which route best serves your needs and then visit our Maps & Schedules page to view that route’s individual map and timetables.

CAT Connections

CAT buses connect to each other in various locations throughout town. Major intersections include the transit center, the Oglethorpe Mall, the Savannah Mall, and various Walmarts throughout the county. Feel free to call our Customer Service Ride Line at (912) 233-5767 for details on specific routes.

If you expect to make a connection, please remember to ask for a transfer before paying the fare on the first bus of your trip. Transfers last for 90 minutes and are free, however, they are used for connecting one route to another. They are not valid for travel on the same route.

How to Read a Schedule

 

Click here to find links to each route and schedule. Routes are typically named for a major road they serve or a particular area of town. For example, the 14 Abercorn primarily travels north and south along Abercorn Street.

Once you have located the route that best suits your needs, follow these easy steps to figure out when to catch a CAT. Click the image to enlarge. How to read schedule graphic
Below are some common signs and symbols used at CAT. You can find more detailed riding information on the Safety and Security page in this section.

Common Safety Signals
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CAT Service Alert!

There has been changes to bus schedules for Routes 3 West Chatham, 3B Augusta Ave, 4 Barnard, and the 25 MLK. There is also a new Route, the 5 Port Wentworth. These changes went into effect 11 March, 2024.

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