The City of Port Arthur Transit Department or PAT as it is locally known, began operating in May 29, 1979, and has since provided service to the citizens of Port Arthur located in Jefferson County. PAT was designed to provide quality transportation in a responsible manner consistent with its financial resources and the diverse needs of city residents.
PAT is governed by an elected City Council, a City Manager appointed by City Council and the Mayor of the City of Port Arthur. Port Arthur is one of only a few small cities (under 100,000 persons) that have a transit system. Port Arthur Transit provides both fixed-route and Para-transit services to a service area that encompasses 90% of the City of Port Arthur. PAT also offers door-to-door ADA complementary Para-transit service for persons who qualify.
Port Arthur Transit (PAT) provides weekday service from 6:15 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. on Monday – Friday. PAT does not operate weekend service. Paratransit service operates during the same hours as fixed-route service.
The basic adult fare for bus service is $1.50. A reduced fare of $0.75 is offered to senior citizens, disabled persons, Medicare cardholders, and children aged 6 to 18. Children under 5 ride for free. Passengers are provided with a free transfer that is good for 1.5 hours. The fare for Paratransit service is $2.50. PAT also offers other fare mediums including daily, weekly and monthly passes.
Reduced fares are available to senior citizens, Medicare card holders, persons with disabilities, full-time students (K-12), and children ages five and under. Proof of age or disability must be provided upon request.
Special Transit Services
PAT offers a specialized door-to-door service for elderly and handicapped persons who are unable to use the fixed route system. Call 409-983-8794 for information regarding program eligibility.
Safety In The Work Place
It is the policy of Port Arthur Transit (PAT) to provide and maintain a safe and healthy working environment for its employees and to insure safe and dependable transportation for patrons. PAT has voluntarily adopted the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) as its minimum safety standard. Provisions of this act shall be incorporated into every aspect of PAT's operations. For a complete summary of the Occupational Safety and Health Act refer to 29 U.S.C. Chapter 15.