Michele Westphal, CARTS Senior Project Coordinator, tells WRFA that CARTS buses are currently using the area of Cherry Street between Third and Fourth Streets as a temporary waiting area, although that’s created some issues with the Hotel Jamestown and its residential entrance area along Cherry St. As a result, they are looking into another temporary location and Westphal says that will likely be on Pine St between Third and Fourth streets in the area of the county social services intake office.
Westphal said both County Public Facilities Director George Spanos and City Public Works Director Jeff Lehman have agreed to that location, although CARTS is also seeking input from Lynn Development, which owns the Spain Building on the northwest corner of 3rd and Pine.
The CARTS hub was forced to find a new location in May due to the Piazza construction that is taking place on W. Second St. near the National Comedy Center. Prior to the construction the buses had used the area in front of the Gateway Train Station as its waiting area and central hub for the city.
Westphal adds that once the Piazza construction is complete the CARTS buses will resume using the area in front of the Gateway Train Station as a central hub.