Chautauqua Area Regional Transit System (CARTS)

CARTS is public transportation for everyone living, working, or visiting in Chautauqua County. Whether you want to go shopping, to a medical appointment, work, college, or to visit a friend, CARTS can get you there safely, comfortably and economically.  With today's high gasoline prices, clean air and conservation concerns, taking the bus makes sense!

As a result of the Chautauqua County Labor Relations Council’s Employee Climate Survey and Leadership and Management Round-tables, it was suggested to extend the 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. summer hours to year-round.  Due to this approved change, EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 2, 2014 CARTS ROUTES TO MAYVILLE WILL OPERATE ALL YEAR ROUND ON THE “SUMMER SCHEDULE” ARRIVING IN MAYVILLE BY 8:30 AM AND RETURNING AT 4:35 PM. This affects riders on Routes 2, 5 and 7.

Please contact CARTS at 665-6466 if you have any questions.

CARTS Jamestown City Routes and CARTS Dunkirk City Routes are now equipped with Bike Racks. Call CARTS for more information.

Bus Service is available Monday thru Friday. CARTS is closed New Years Day, President's Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. There is also no Rural Route Service on the Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and New Years Eve.

Who Can Use CARTS
Everyone can use CARTS! CARTS provides open-to-the-public transportation and has bus service to accommodate almost anyone's circumstances. Just call the CARTS Office for details on schedules and fares.  All buses are accessible to wheelchairs and other mobility aids, and ADA service is provided for those eligible (contact CARTS for an application).

  • City Service - CARTS offers this service in the cities of Jamestown, Falconer, Celeron, Lakewood, and Dunkirk.  This service runs Monday through Friday.
  • Rural-Route Service - A number of routes connect Jamestown, Dunkirk, and smaller towns and villages throughout the county with morning and afternoon bus runs.
  • Dial-A-Ride - Curb-to-curb and door-to-door service is available for those who cannot use the rural or fixed route systems due to disability. Also called Demand Response, this service is on a first-come, first-served basis and must be scheduled in advance. Area and times of service are limited, so please call well in advance of your transportation date and assure availability.
  • Fares are determined by type of service used and number of zones (townships) crossed during your trip.
  • Private Pay fares can purchase one-way, round trip (unable to purchase round trip on city buses), 10-trip, or monthly tickets.
  • All tickets may be purchased from your bus driver at the time of service or in advance of your trip from your local CARTS Office.
  • Our drivers do not make change so please have the exact amount for cash fares.
  • CARTS happily accepts personal checks written for the exact amount.
  • Children under 5 years of age travel at no charge when accompanied by an adult.
  • Escorts may ride at no charge if necessary to help a rider. Call the CARTS Office to get authorization.
The friendly transportation specialists at CARTS will be glad to quote a price for your trip.

Disability & Senior Discounts
  • CARTS offers discounts on all fixed (city) and rural routes to seniors of at least 60 years of age and to those with qualifying disabilities.
  • To get the disability discount just call the CARTS Office and request an application.
  • Seniors receive the discount just by showing ID.
  • Seniors can also qualify for discounts on Dial-A-Ride service.
Americans With Disabilities Act
CARTS provides Dial-A-Ride public transportation to people, who due to age or disabilities, are unable to access the city fixed route service in the City of Dunkirk, Jamestown, Celeron, Lakewood, and Falconer. A person must live within three quarters of mile of the city fixed routes, unable as a result of mental or physical impairment to use the city fixed route service, or requires door-to-door assistance. Please call the CARTS Office for further information or to request an application