Carts And Team Services, Inc. Expand Public Transportation Service In Southwest County

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Office of the Chautauqua County Executive

Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan is pleased to announce the expansion of public transportation services in the corridor from Jamestown to the Southwest area of Chautauqua County including Ashville, Panama, Clymer and French Creek. The County Mobility Manager, the Chautauqua County Coalition Team, Chautauqua Area Regional Transit System (CARTS), TEAM Services, Inc. and the New York State Department of Transportation are proud to see their hard work become a reality.

“This will expand service to early morning between Jamestown and the Ashville, Panama, Clymer and French Creek areas,” stated Mobility Manager Jennifer Blair. “This new service will also allow for those rural areas to arrive in Jamestown by 8:30 a.m. and return to the rural areas leaving Jamestown at 2:50 p.m. Currently these designated rural areas could only arrive in Jamestown at 10:30 a.m.”

“We are very pleased to be involved with a coordinated effort that will meet the employability, medical, grocery shopping and education needs of our Chautauqua County residents,” said Horrigan. “The county looks forward to a continued relationship with TEAM Services, Inc. and the entire Transportation Team in providing future sustainable service.”

“TEAM Services, Inc. will provide the bus and the driver and operate under the current CARTS service,” said Ken Brentley, Director of TEAM Services, Inc. “This service will also assist in accommodating transportation from Jamestown to the Ashville area businesses by 6:30 a.m. Monday through Friday.”

“The bus will look very similar to the CARTS bus and will be wheelchair accessible,” said Cheryl Gustafson, Senior Project Coordinator of CARTS. “Destination signs will be on the front and sides of the bus to assist the passengers. The bus will leave from the Train Station on 2nd Street in Jamestown at 6:05 a.m. and return from the Clymer Post Office leaving at 7:15 a.m. to Lakewood/Jamestown areas.”

A complete schedule and times can be found on page 11 of the CARTS rural schedule book under Route 40. If you live in the areas served by this new route and you have any questions or wish to schedule your ride you will call the CARTS office at 1-800-388-6534 or 716-665-6466.

For more information about CARTS and its services, visit www.co.chautauqua.ny.us/335/Chautauqua-Area-Regional-Transit-System- .