JAMESTOWN – Mayor Sam Teresi updated the Jamestown City Council Monday night on the county’s effort to find a permanent location for its downtown CARTS hub.
CARTS is the regional public transportation system overseen by the county. For nearly five years the buses used the area front of the Gateway Train Station on W. Second St. as its downtown hub, but do to street construction in that area earlier this summer the bus hub has been temporarily relocated Pine St., between Third and Fourth Streets.
That relocation was only to last until the end of August but the county is requesting the city allow the buses to stay there until mid October while officials work to find a permanent location.
Teresi said that location could still be W. Second St. in front of the Train Station, adding that the train station renovation effort that was completed in 2012 included $6 million in federal transportation funds and as a result, the area around the building needs to continue to be used in some capacity for public transportation issues. However, he said he’s not sure if that means the CARTS buses have to stay there, only it is worth looking into with the FTA before any final decision is made.
The city council will act on granting CARTS permission to stay at Pine St. until mid October when it meets for its monthly voting session later this month on Sept. 24. In the meantime the mayor has issued an executive order to extend the CARTS hub at Pine St. until then.