Chautauqua Area Rural Transit System

The Chautauqua Area Regional Transit System (CARTS) operates from two terminals in Dunkirk and Jamestown serving almost every city, town, village and hamlet of Chautauqua County, New York with a weekday scheduled public transit service.

Chautauqua Area Regional Transit System
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HeadquartersJamestown, NY
Service areaChautauqua County, New York
Service typebus service
WebsiteOfficial website

In addition to the loop runs that are offered throughout the county, the CARTS system operates the urban bus services in Dunkirk and Fredonia, as well as Jamestown.


Due to the rural nature of much of the county and the small populations of Jamestown, Dunkirk and Fredonia, the CARTS system operates using smaller Ford E-Series cutaway-style vans.

Transportation hubsEdit

CARTS uses a number of carefully placed transfer hubs where passengers may connect easily between two routes. Some buses may even continue between different routes, not requiring a transfer between vehicles.

  • Dunkirk - The Junction (Dunkirk City Hall)
  • Jamestown - The Junction (Main & Third Streets)
  • Lakewood - Chautauqua Mall
  • Mayville - Chautauqua County Office Building


Many of CARTS' runs operate on a fixed route, with demand service up to one-quarter mile from the fixed route, for a premium fare.

County loop runsEdit

A number of individual routes exist that serve some of the area hospitals, workplaces and shopping plazas.

The routes are grouped into a number of service sectors, called:

  • North County
  • South County
  • Lake Run via NY 394
  • Lake Run via NY 430
  • West County

Cities of Dunkirk and FredoniaEdit

Service to the City of Dunkirk is offered using two buses operating on a loosely based loop route.

The two routes (green or red) are essentially the same, with the exception being in the direction travelled[1]

Service is operated weekdays only, between 7:30am and 5:30pm.

Connections can be made at The Junction (Dunkirk City Hall) to other CARTS routes.

City of JamestownEdit

Much of the service in the City of Jamestown operates with "loop" style routing on a hub-and-spoke model, in which all bus routes meet at a central location in downtown Jamestown. Services either make a clockwise or counterclockwise loop after leaving The Junction at West Third and Main Streets at hourly intervals for City of Jamestown service, or 45 minute intervals for Jamestown suburban service to Falconer or 90 minute intervals to Lakewood via Fairmount, or Lakewood via Jones and Gifford routes[2]

  • Baker (Red)
  • Falconer (Orange)
  • Lakewood - Fairmount (Blue)
  • Lakewood - Jones & Gifford (Teal)
  • North Main (Lilac)
  • South West Express (Pink)
  • Willard (Green)


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