Chautauqua Area Regional Transit System

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The Chautauqua Area Regional Transit System, also known previously as the Chautauqua Area Rural Transit System is a public transport carrier, with services focused on Chautauqua County in the state of New York. Service has been provided for since 1977. In the fall of 2017, CARTS celebrated 40 years of transportation coverage to Chautauqua County.

Originally, services were provided to the rural areas of Chautauqua County, with Mayville, Jamestown and Dunkirk/Fredonia as connecting points between routes. Today, service is still comprised of regional routes, servicing most areas of Chautauqua County, but city bus services for the cities of Jamestown, and Dunkirk, NY began being offered, since the dissolution of the Jamestown Area Regional Transit System in 1996. There was a brief period of no city bus services in Jamestown, while the county worked on negotiations with the driver's union of the past JARTS drivers.

Jamestown originating services operate from the Jamestown Gateway Train Station (formerly Erie Railroad Station or Lackawanna-Erie Railroad Station). Dunkirk originating services operate from Dunkirk City Hall on Central Avenue.


  • City of Dunkirk -
Red Route
Green Route
  • City of Jamestown
Baker (Red)
Falconer (Orange)
Lakewood via Fairmount (Blue)
Lakewood via Jones & Gifford (Teal)
North Main Route (Lavender)
South-West Express (Pink)
Willard (Green)
  • Regional routes
East/Southeast County
North County
Northwest County
South County to North County
South County via Rte. 394
South County via Rte. 430
Southwest County


CARTS operates on an exact fare zone system, in which passengers pay a boarding fare, for the township they have boarded in, and a zone surcharge for each additional town they pass through, to reach their destination. The maximum number of zones to be charged, per trip, is six.

Also, there are four different classifications or fare types. The first (and simplest) fare is the "City/Rural On Route" fare. This is the cheapest, due to the passenger using the services, as scheduled.

The second fare type, "Rural Route-Off Route" is similar to the previous, with the exception that the bus will deviate up to 3/4 of a mile from its normal route to get a passenger closer to their destination.

The third and fourth types, "Dial-a-Ride Curb to Curb", and "Dial-a-Ride Door to Door" are demand-response services, usually involving passengers with mobility issues, or persons unable to use conventional services. "Curb to Curb" would drop off the passenger at their destination without assistance, while the "Door to Door" requires assistance to their door. The most expensive is "Door to Door", approximately five-times the cost of conventional service.

All-Time Roster

The CARTS system operates with approximately 33 ADA accessible buses.

Fleet Number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
C-317 ? Ford E-450
C-321 ? Ford ?
C-328 ? Ford ?
  • Assigned to Jamestown terminal.
  • Internet sighting as of August 2013.
C-329 2007 Ford

Coach and Equipment



  • VIN 1FDXE45P47DA65025.
  • Assigned to Jamestown terminal
  • Internet sighting as of August 2013.
C-330 - C-335 2009 Ford

ElDorado National



Used on conventional transit routes.
  • 330 VIN: 1FDFE45P49DA50975; License Plate: AE3208
  • 331 VIN: 1FDFE45P69DA50976; License Plate: AE3176
  • 333 VIN: 1FDFE45P79DA54633; License Plate: AE3207
  • 334 VIN: 1FDFE45P99DA54634; License Plate: AE3209
  • 335 VIN: 1FDFE45P09DA54635; License Plate: AE3210
C-336 - C-339 2009 Ford

Starcraft Bus



  • 336 VIN: 1FDFE45P79DA75403; License Plate: AE3201
  • 337 VIN: 1FDFE45P99DA75404; License Plate: AE3172
  • 338 VIN: 1FDFE45P29DA75406; License Plate: AE3200
  • 339 VIN: 1FDFE45P49DA75407; License Plate: AE3202
C-340 - C-356
2010 Ford

Coach and Equipment



Used on conventional transit routes.
  • 340 VIN: 1FDFE4FS7ADA97358; License Plate: AE3194
  • 341 VIN: 1FDFE4FS9ADA97359; License Plate: AE3196
  • 342 VIN: 1FDFE4FS5ADA97360; License Plate: AE3183
  • 343 VIN: 1FDFE4FS7ADA97361; License Plate: AE3184
  • 344 VIN: 1FDFE4FS9ADA97362; License Plate: AE3197
  • 345 VIN: 1FDFE4FS0ADA97363; License Plate: AE3198
  • 346 VIN: 1FDFE4FS2ADA97364; License Plate: AE3185
  • 347 VIN: 1FDFE4FS4ADA97365; License Plate: AE3195
  • 348 VIN: 1FDFE4FS6ADA97366; License Plate: AE3186
  • 349 VIN: 1FDFE4FS8ADA97367; License Plate: AE3199
  • 350 VIN: 1FDFE4FSXADA97368; License Plate: AE3192
  • 351 VIN: 1FDFE4FS1ADA97369; License Plate: AE3193
  • 352 VIN: 1FDFE4FS8ADA97370; License Plate: AE3188
  • 353 VIN: 1FDFE4FS6ADB01397; License Plate: AE3187
  • 354 VIN: 1FDFE4FS1ADB02487; License Plate: AE3190
  • 355 VIN: 1FDFE4FS3ADB02488; License Plate: AE3191
  • 356 VIN: 1FDFE4FS5ADB02489; License Plate: AE3189
C-363 ? Ford ?
101-104 1967 GMC TDH-3501 Retired.
122-124 1964 GMC TDH-3501 Retired.
125-128 1967 GMC TDH-4519 Retired.
134 1966 MCI MC-5A Retired.
394-400 1977 Flxible 35096-6-1 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison V730 Retired.
500-501 1985 OBI Orion I
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Retired.

External links

Official Site