How to Ride


We want to make sure you have all the info you need to make your CAT bus experience a great one! Whether you are new to the Bismarck/Mandan area, just riding the CAT for the first time, or just want a refresher course, our How to Ride videos will show you just that: How to ride the CAT bus. Watch them all below, or click here to go to our YouTube Channel - the videos are posted individually, along with the full-lengh, all-chapters-in-one version.

Chapter 1 - Introduction To CAT Bus

Welcome to Capital Area Transit, the CAT bus!
Learn who we are, what we do, and what our basic schedule is.

Chapter 2 - Flagging Down The CAT Bus

Learn how to flag down
the CAT bus.

Chapter 3 - Boarding The CAT Bus

Learn how to board the CAT bus., how to ride with a stroller,
and how to board with a mobility device.

Chapter 4 - Using The Bike Rack

Learn how to use
the bike rack.

Chapter 5 - Rules & Etiquette

Learn the rules & etiquette
when riding the CAT bus,
and what you can expect on your ride.

Chapter 6 - Paying For Your Ride

Learn how to pay for your ride, how to purchase tickets, how much fares cost, who is eligible for discounts, and what to do if you do not have exact change for your fare when you board.

Chapter 7 - Identifying The Bus / Transfers

Learn how to identify the correct CAT bus,
and how to transfer from one CAT bus to another.

Chapter 8 - Exiting The CAT Bus

Learn how you can exit the CAT bus
almost anywhere along the route.

Chapter 9 - Planning Your CAT Trip

Learn how to read the CAT bus map, and how to plan your trip.


Paratransit Introduction

Learn about Bis-Man Transit's paratransit service, and how to qualify.


Paratransit Scheduling & Payment

Learn how to schedule and pay for your paratransit ride.