Council Approves CARTS Temporary Hub Location

The Chautauqua Area Regional Transit System has a new temporary hub location in downtown Jamestown.

On Monday, the Jamestown City Council approved the new temporary CARTS downtown hub location to be the east side of Pine Street between Third and Fourth streets. The new temporary location was needed because the normal hub for CARTS is the Jamestown Gateway Train Station along West Second Street, which is under construction for the new public piazza project. The temporary hub location will be available through the end of August. The CARTS hub will return to the former Erie-Lackawanna Train Station Sept. 1.

There was some discussion by the council on the time available for CARTS buses to park along Pine Street. The council was preparing to pass a resolution that allowed for bus parking along the street between 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. However, Andrew Liuzzo, At-Large councilman, said the signs that were posted in the location state bus parking will take place between 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jeff Lehman, city public works director, said the sign was installed last week because it was the only ones they had available. He said a new sign with a different time could be made and installed at the location.

The council was about to make an amendment to the resolution to state CARTS bus parking would be allowed on the street between 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. when Sam Teresi, Jamestown mayor, questioned approving these times. Teresi said he has been told by county officials that CARTS will only need the parking spots available until around 5 p.m. He said why take an hour away from the public to use these park spaces if there is no need. Also, he said there might be some confusion in enforcement during this time because the rest of the downtown parking spaces are available for free after 5 p.m. Anthony Dolce, Ward 2 councilman, said by making it 5 p.m. it keeps it consistent with the rest of the parking spaces downtown.

The council passed the resolution to allow for CARTS bus parking between 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. along the east side of Pine Street between Third and Fourth streets. City officials will install a new sign at the location detailing the available times. CARTS will not be using these spaces on the weekends.

In other business, the council approved a contract with Ahlstrom Schaeffer for the installation of lights around the public piazza area. The installation of pixel string lights will cost $114,254 and the installation of wash lights will be $78,678, for a total of $192,932. The bid was the lowest of two city officials received.

The $700,000 public piazza project will convert this area of downtown Jamestown into an appealing urban public square with a pedestrian-friendly feel while maintaining multimodal function improving walkability and connectivity to the National Comedy Center, Northwest Arena and the Chadakoin River.

In December, state officials announced the project would receive $140,000 through the Regional Economic Development Council program. The local match of $560,000 is being funded by the Gebbie Foundation, Chautauqua Region Community Foundation and other various local foundations.

The project will improve the aesthetics of the area by adding lighting, trees and installing an overhead canopy. This area of the city will be closed to vehicle traffic during events at Northwest Arena or the National Comedy Center. However, when there is no event, the street would be open to vehicle traffic.

The council also approved a bid of $115,357.50 from R. Patti Concrete & Excavating for Phase 1 2018 American With Disabilities Act sidewalk ramps. The bid was the lowest of three city officials received.