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With roots dating back to Savannah’s first electric streetcars in the late-19th century, Chatham Area Transit has a long history of helping residents and visitors get to their destinations. Today, CAT embraces that tradition by meeting the area’s public transportation needs with a modern fleet of accessible vehicles designed to serve all people.
Our fleet of fixed-route buses, CAT Mobility vehicles, and water ferries provide about four million passenger trips a year throughout Savannah, unincorporated Chatham County and portions of Garden City.
Our transit system connects commuters to work, students to school and visitors to popular spots, shops, and restaurants. We serve residents and visitors, with routes to and from the train station, hotels, and healthcare facilities.
Catch a CAT bus at one of our 1,300 stops or at the Joe Murray Rivers, Jr. Intermodal Transit Center in the heart of downtown, where you can purchase tickets and passes for multiple trips.
So if you haven’t already, please take advantage of the many services we offer. And for CAT’s existing customers, thank you for your support. We look forward to serving you well into the future.
Mission, Vision, and Values
Chatham Area Transit delivers public transportation services that connect people to the places they need and want to go reliably, safely, and sustainably.
Teamwork: Our employees and governance board work as partners to seek shared success for all, treating one another with respect and care.
Safety: We prioritize the safety of our customers, community, and employees through regular training, enforcement, and resource allocation.
Innovation: Creative thinking, original ideas, and effective technology approaches are incorporated into our daily activities bringing excellence to our service delivery.
Customer Focus: CAT will optimize resources to serve the dynamic transportation challenges of its customers.
Ethics: CAT will adhere to the highest ethical and professional standards in the fulfillment of its responsibilities demonstrating the integrity necessary of public service.
Partnerships: CAT prizes all of the partnerships necessary to serve with excellence including our employees, board, and customers as well as funding and implementation partners.
Community and Market Connection: Our fundamental strategies to Connect Community, Open Opportunity, and Grow Green acknowledges our essential role in the community by our conduct to serve all, support economic and community development, and respect the environment through sustainability practices.
As described by the Mission and Vision above, CAT’s values are excellence, integrity, and sustainability in service to our community.
Reporting to a Board of Directors, a chief executive officer manages CAT’s day-to-day operations. CAT staff uses industry “best practices” to handle the details of operations, safety issues, vehicle maintenance, customer care, route design, scheduling, human resources, administration, ridership growth, capital planning, and grant administration. The Board of Directors controls policy issues such as fare structure and service levels.
As one of those industry best practices, CAT follows board-approved Transit Service Guidelines for making decisions about where, when, and how often we serve the various areas of our county.
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