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CARTS Fixed Routes To Return

Chautauqua Area Regional Transit System Saturday city fixed routes will begin running again on July 3 in the Jamestown, Falconer, Celoron, Lakewood and Dunkirk areas.

“Everyone at CARTS is excited to get the Saturday City Routes back out there, after having to close in March of 2020 due to COVID,” said Michele Westphal, senior project coordinator of CARTS. “With everything opening back up we felt it would be beneficial to our residents and visitors to restart our Saturday service, with a few modifications.”

The Lakewood via Fairmount will run every 45 minutes, the first run will leave the Jamestown Junction at 8 a.m. and the last run will leave the junction at 5 p.m. every Saturday. The Willard/Foote Route will also run every 45 minutes the first run will leave the Jamestown Junction at 8 a.m. and the last run will leave the junction at 5 p.m. every Saturday. The Falconer Route and the North Main/Baker Route will run opposite each other. The North Main/Baker Route will leave the Junction at 8:45 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:45 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. The Falconer route will leave the Junction at 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.

There will be one Saturday Dunkirk Route that will alternate between the red and green routes. The first run will start at Lakeside Community at 8:30 a.m. and run every hour until the last departure at 4:30 p.m.

All Jamestown routes will be down from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for a lunch break. The Dunkirk route will be down from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for lunch.

“Pre-COVID, CARTS Saturday Service was well received and utilized,” said Brad Bentley, director of public facilities for Chautauqua County. “It is important that we restart Saturday Fixed Route Service as businesses and events return to their normal levels. In addition, CARTS is currently working on more improvements which are expected to be announced later this year.”

“I am pleased that we can once again offer our County residents and visitors with Saturday service through CARTS,” said PJ Wendel, Chautauqua County Executive. “This additional day of operation gives our riders even more options to get to and from our local businesses and their services.”

To obtain copies of the new Saturday city route bus schedules, visit CARTS’ Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CARTS.NY or chqgov.com/carts/CARTS.

For more information about CARTS and its services, call 800-388-6534.

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