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How to Ride CAT
CAT provides more than 3.3 million passenger trips per year. We operate multiple modes of transportation, including:
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.
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!
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.
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:
- CAT App
Now you can access real-time bus info on your mobile device with the CAT App. The real-time 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.
- 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.
- 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 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.
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. Click the image to enlarge.
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.