Mayor Discusses CARTS Downtown Hub Location

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On Monday, Sam Teresi, Jamestown mayor, reiterated what county officials said last week about the downtown city hub for Chautauqua Area Regional Transit System.

Teresi said during the Jamestown City Council work session meeting county officials would like to continue using the approved temporary location along Pine Street between Third and Fourth streets as the downtown hub for CARTS.

In June, the council approved the temporary location through Sept. 1. Last week, George Borrello, county executive, sent a letter to city officials, which they received Sept. 6, asking for the extended use of the Pine Street location through Oct. 19.

Teresi said Pine Street is not an option as a permanent location for CARTS given the uphill incline of the street, which is fine to use during the summer and fall months, but would not be suitable for buses once snow and ice starts to occur during the winter.

It is up to county officials to decided on a new permanent downtown hub for CARTs in Jamestown. However, city officials would also need to be involved in approving a new permanent downtown hub location, Teresi said. Also, the city’s Planning Commission could also be involved in the process of determining a new hub location if a site plan needs approved.

Teresi said if CARTS does select to change their permanent downtown hub location from the Jamestown Gateway Train Station, city officials aren’t sure what this would mean as far as the $6 million the city received from the Federal Transit Administration for the renovation of the former Erie-Lackawanna Train Station. He said city officials would have to meet with federal officials to determine if they would in breach of the grant agreement to have a multifunctional transportation hub at the train station. He added that Coach USA still uses the train station as a hub and future plans by city officials call for the return of excursion train travel to the city, which would use an area near the train station as a depot.

The council agreed to vote on the extension of the temporary CARTS location during their voting session meeting Monday, Sept. 24, which will take place at the city Municipal Building, 200 E. Third St., on the second floor in the council’s chambers.