CARTS To Continue Occupying Pine Street

Until a new long-term plan is in place, the temporary downtown Jamestown hub for the Chautauqua Area Regional Transit System will continue to be along Pine Street between Third and Fourth streets.

Brad Bentley, county public facilities director, told The Post-Journal that county officials have formally asked city officials in writing to extend the hub location along Pine Street to Oct. 19. In June, Jamestown City Council approved the temporary location for CARTS along Pine Street to be used until Sept. 1. The hub location was moved from the Jamestown Gateway Train Station while construction of the West Second Street piazza was being completed.

“We are working with the city to ensure proper approval,” Bentley said. “It first will go to committee then to the full council. We are working through that to make sure customers have the best experience and until a long-term solution is figured out.”

With the National Comedy Center now open along West Second Street and with Northwest Arena nearby, city and county officials have discussed a possible new permanent hub location for CARTS so services won’t be interrupted during special events. Bradley said, at this point, nothing has been ruled out about possibly identifying a new long-term hub location.

“Through the years, what I’ve been told, it has been in a number of places,” he said. “We want to find what works best for the customers, best for the city and best for the taxpayers. All criteria is being considered and factored in so when a decision is made it is best for everybody.”

Bentley said he appreciates the work by city officials to assist county officials through the process of possibly finding a new permanent hub location.

“The city is working well with us and we appreciate their efforts to have us there on Pine Street,” he said. “I appreciate their efforts and their help until a new long-term plan is in place.”