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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’s continuing mission is to provide quality public transportation services in a professional and responsive manner.
Employees: CAT will maximize the talents of its diverse workforce by fostering an environment that targets the success of each employee.
Safety: CAT will provide a safe, secure, comfortable and clean environment.
Continuous Quality Improvement: CAT will improve the quality of its services through innovative and efficient use of resources.
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.
Advocacy: CAT will pursue recognition of its transportation services as an integral element of economic and community development.
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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2,961,707 Annual passenger trips
9,053,971 Annual passenger miles
331 sq. mile Service area
260,277 Service area population (2010 Census)
$24,786,732 Operating budget
17 Bus routes (This includes the dot Shuttle Downtown and Forsyth loops as separate routes.)
44 Buses operating during peak hours
60 Bus fleet
48 Demand response (CAT Mobility paratransit) fleet
4 Savannah Belles Ferries
*Figures are based on preliminary 2021 fiscal year numbers and subject to change once certified.