Transportation (CARTS)

Craven Area Rural Transit System (CARTS) Fares Temporarily Suspended

The Craven County Board of Commissioners approved a temporary suspension of Craven Area Rural Transit System (CARTS) fares from January 1, 2021 through June 30, 2021. Fares will resume July 1, 2021. CARTS is the public transit system covering the rural counties of Craven, Jones, and Pamlico as well as the the New Bern urbanized area.

Procedures and measures have been put into place to reduce potential COVID-19 exposure while riding CARTS. These efforts are made possible due to special funding for transit systems to respond to the current pandemic. These are unprecedented times for public transit and the suspension of fares is unprecedented for CARTS. The temporary suspension of fares will increase access to quality of life destinations such as nutritional, medical, and employment for many people.

For more information visit the Craven County CARTS website at or call (252) 636-4917.

CARTS Public Transportation

Public transportation serving Craven, Jones, and Pamlico counties.

Type of Services

  • Public transportation system operating as Craven Area Rural Transit System (CARTS).
  • Regional community public transportation system serving Craven, Jones, and Pamlico counties.
  • Provides public transportation services to human service agencies as well as the general public through subscription, demand response, fixed routes, and ADA Complementary Paratransit service.
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Provides public transportation services to other agencies such as:

  • Coastal Community Action
  • Monarch/CCE (ARC)
  • Vocation Rehabilitation


The system operates a fleet of 32 vehicles, including specially modified vans to accommodate the elderly and/or handicapped and a variety of other vehicles such as converted vans, mini-buses and sedans.

Scheduled route structures are currently based on the requirements of the Human Service Agencies served by the system (i.e. Social Services (DSS), Monarch, Port Human Services, Senior Citizen's Centers, etc.).

The service is available to the general public on a space available basis for fares ranging from $1 to $6.75 according to zoned distances. Demand/Response service is also available to the public on a limited basis, again with emphasis on the elderly and/or handicapped.


The mission statement of CARTS is to provide safe public transportation as an alternate option for reaching destinations served by CARTS.