is the provider of bus
transit in Putnam County, New York
. An agency of the Putnam County government, Putnam Transit came into service in the mid-1970s as a startup system in the wake of growing suburbanization of Putnam County and rising gas prices.
Vehicles and routes are owned by Putnam County, and service is provided under contract to the county by First Transit
Putnam Transit currently operates four year-round routes, all of which meet at various points during the day at Putnam Plaza, a strip mall
in the county seat of Carmel
. There is also a seasonal tourist trolley
service in Cold Spring. All routes run Monday-Saturday, unless otherwise noted.
Putnam Transit also operates the ADA-mandated paratransit service for those unable to use regular route service due to disabilities, as well as pupil transportation service using yellow school buses. Until the end of 2006, a fifth route (PART 4
) ran three days a week from Carmel to Jefferson Valley Mall
, Cortlandt Town Center, then continuing on Route 9
through western Putnam County and then serving the commercial strip on that route in southern Dutchess County
before ending at Poughkeepsie Galleria
. With the discontinuing of the PART 4, western Putnam County was left without local transit service (except for the seasonal Cold Spring trolley).
PART has connection points with several transit agencies from adjacent areas.