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System Map

system map imageSee our entire fixed route network, plus helpful and popular destinations and the routes that serve them, on our current system map.

How to
Bike & Ride

Ride Guide for CAT, including info for fares and bike ridersWant to Catch a CAT with your bicycle? Click the link to see how easily it’s done. (Presentation may take a moment to load.)

Catch a CAT with your Bike

How to Ride with a Disability

icon-accessibilityEveryone can Catch a CAT. Learn how to ride with a disability on our Accessibility page.

Accessibility

How to Ride CAT

Services

CAT provides more than 3.3 million passenger trips per year. We operate multiple modes of transportation, including:

Buses

At CAT, we operate 67 buses on 17 lines, including the Airport Express, and university service. Our operators are extensively trained to know the city well and to drive their vehicles safely. We train our operators to be ambassadors to the city and to be as helpful as possible in getting our passengers safely to their destinations every day.

Bikes

In addition to our fleet of buses equipped with bike racks–see how to load your bike on our Bike & Ride page–CAT also operates a bike sharing service called CAT Bike. The first of its kind in Georgia, CAT Bike offers short-term bike rentals for your quick lunchtime errands or short sight-seeing rides. Turn up your pedal power with CAT Bike!

Ride Free Downtown

Thanks to a partnership with the dot, Savannah’s fare-free Downtown Transportation System, we here at CAT have helped develop a completely free system of transit. Spanning both land and water, this system offers visitors and locals alike an effective (and completely affordable) multi-modal system to get around Savannah’s beautiful historic district.

Paratransit

Because we believe everyone deserves access to public transportation, CAT provides a door-to-door mobility service available to eligible persons with disabilities in Chatham County. To learn about eligibility and all other aspects of our Paratransit program, visit our Accessibility section.

Which CAT to Catch

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

  1. 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 even further.
  2. 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 on W. Oglethorpe Avenue, the Oglethorpe Mall, the Savannah Mall, and various Walmarts throughout the county. Please 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 inbound and outbound on the same route.

diagram of Joe Murray Rivers, Jr. Intermodal Transit CenterGet familiar with the layout of the Transit Center using this diagram (click to view larger).

How to Read Passenger Schedules

Click here to find links to each route/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. (You can click on any image below to see a larger version of it.)

1. First make sure you have the most current version of the passenger schedule. 2. Look at the map for any special routing or service notes. 3. Choose the section of the schedule with the day of the week you are traveling. 4. Look at the headings to pick the direction you are traveling (example: Outbound to Savannah Mall; Inbound to Downtown). 5. Find the timepoint (intersection) closest to your boarding point. 6. Look down that column to the time you want to leave. 7. Read across the row to find out your arrival time at the intersection closest to your destination. 8.Be sure to read any special service information marked by an asterisk at the bottom of the schedule.
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Notes: Afternoon and evening times on schedules are shown in bold.
CAT operates a Holiday Schedule on certain days of the year which are listed on the General Information panel of each schedule.

Signs & Symbols

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.

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System Map

system map imageSee our entire fixed route network, plus helpful and popular destinations and the routes that serve them, on our current system map.

How to
Bike & Ride

Ride Guide for CAT, including info for fares and bike ridersWant to Catch a CAT with your bicycle? Click the link to see how easily it’s done. (Presentation may take a moment to load.)

Catch a CAT with your Bike

How to Ride with a Disability

icon-accessibilityEveryone can Catch a CAT. Learn how to ride with a disability on our Accessibility page.

Accessibility