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County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency

201 West Third Street, Suite 115
Jamestown, NY 14701
P: +1 716-661-8900

Commuting Programs

The Chautauqua area is easily accessible by Interstates 90 and 86 and within three hours of the cities of Buffalo, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and Toronto. Air service is available at the Chautauqua County Airport in Jamestown as well as through international airports in nearby cities. Bus service is available to Buffalo daily. The Chautauqua Area Region Tranportation (CARTS) system provide several local bus routes via 20 seat mini-buses.

Photo from Chautauqua County CARTS

Did You Know?

  • Average commute time is 18 minutes, which is 7.7 minutes faster than the national average.

Highway

Two major interstates run through Chautauqua County - Interstate 86 (also called the Southern Tier Expressway) and Interstate 90 (also called The New York State Thruway.)

The New York State Thruway system includes tolls that can be paid with cash or, more conveniently, with E-ZPass, an electronic transponder that is accepted throughout New York State, the surrounding Great Lakes states, and most areas in the New York City metro/tri-state area.

Port Facilities

60 miles away from Chautauqua County, the neighboring Port of Buffalo is the first major U.S. Port of Call encountered when entering the Great Lakes. The Port provides numerous benefits to Buffalo Niagara companies:
  • Encompasses Foreign Trade Zone No. 23, which means incentives for area businesses
  • Piers with 27 feet of water (Seaway standard depth)
  • Two hundred acres located on or near deep water set aside for bulk cargo storage
  • Sheltered by the harbor breakwall, self-unloaders and conventional bulk carriers can safely discharge and load
  • Features 230-ton American crawler crane and a heavy-duty front-end loader
  • Provides in-port rail service via the Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad, interchanging with the CSX, NS, CN, and CP

Airports

The Chautauqua County/Jamestown Airport provides commuters with access to and from Pittsburgh. One of the many perks of this small, commuter airport is free long-term parking and short lines! The Chautauqua County/Dunkirk Airport provides general aviation services.

"Chautauqua County Airports are part of the U.S. National Transportation Infrastructure, serving commercial and general aviation customers throughout the region while providing the aviation and transportation services so vital to our future growth. According to a 2016 study, our two airports support 198 jobs and have an annual economic impact of $29.52 million, with a total estimated value to the community of $106.8 million (annual economic activily + current asset value.)"
Taken from the Chautauqua County Airports Facebook

Chautauqua County/Jamestown Airport (JHW)
3163 Airport Drive, Jamestown, NY 14701
(716) 484-0204

Chautauqua County/Dunkirk Airport (DKK)
3389 Middle Road, Dunkirk, NY 14048
(716) 366-6938


The Buffalo-Niagara International Airport is 65 miles away from the center of Chautauqua County. The airport's major carriers are American, Delta, Jet Blue, Southwest, and United.

Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF)
4200 Genesee Street, Cheektowaga, NY 14225
(716) 630-6000 • (877) 359-2642


The Erie International Airport is less than 50 miles away from the center of Chautauqua County. This airport is served by three major airline carriers, United, Delta, and US Airways. These airlines offer nonstop flights to three major cities and connections to over 1,100 different destinations.

Erie International Airport (ERI)
4411 West 12th Street, Erie, PA 16505
(814) 833-4258

Data Name Value Percent
Mean travel time to work 18 minutes
Commuters by Travel Time to Work
Under 10 minutes 15,700 28.92%
10 to 14 minutes 11,053 20.36%
15 to 19 minutes 9,446 17.40%
20 to 24 minutes 5,492 10.12%
25 to 29 minutes 2,383 4.39%
30 to 34 minutes 4,042 7.45%
35 to 44 minutes 1,908 3.52%
45 to 59 minutes 2,114 3.89%
60 or more minutes 2,142 3.95%
Commuters by Mode
Car, truck, or van — drove alone 45,489 80.89%
Car, truck, or van — carpooled 5,402 9.61%
Public transportation (excluding taxicab) 187 0.33%
Taxicab, motorcycle, or other means 484 0.86%
Bicycle 197 0.35%
Walked 2,521 4.48%
Worked at home 1,954 3.47%
Distance to Nearest Major Airport from County Population Centroid
Chautauqua County, NY
(Erie Intl/Tom Ridge Field)
61 mi
Data Name Value
Railroads
Has Class I rail? Yes
Class II and/or III lines present? Yes
Intermodal transport lines present? No
Double stack lines present? Yes
Rail Operators 5
Name
CSX Transportation Incorporated
National Railroad Passenger Corporation (AMTRAK)
New York and Lake Erie Railroad Company
Norfolk Southern Railway Company
Western New York and Pennsylvania Railroad LLC
Major Ports (within area + 100 mile radius)  
Conneaut, OH
Data Name Value
Total Tonnage 4,129,887
Domestic Tonnage 3,294,624
Total Foreign Tonnage 835,263
Foreign Imports Tonnage 37,895
Foreign Exports Tonnage 797,368
Post-Panamax Ready? No
Data Name Value
Major (within area + 100 mile radius)
Bradford Rgnl
Data Name Value
Location ID BFD
Number of passengers 4,969
Freight 0 lbs
Mail 0 lbs
Runway length 6,306 ft (1,922 m)
Buffalo Niagara Intl
Data Name Value
Location ID BUF
Number of passengers 4,613,789
Freight 90,725,565 lbs
Mail 67,111 lbs
Runway length 8,829 ft (2,691 m)
Erie Intl/Tom Ridge Field
Data Name Value
Location ID ERI
Number of passengers 174,165
Freight 262,396 lbs
Mail 5 lbs
Runway length 8,420 ft (2,566 m)
Niagara Falls Intl
Data Name Value
Location ID IAG
Number of passengers 247,718
Freight 24,175 lbs
Mail 0 lbs
Runway length 9,826 ft (2,995 m)
Regional (within area + 100 mile radius)
Chautauqua County/Jamestown
Data Name Value
Location ID JHW
Number of passengers 2,685
Freight 205,306 lbs
Mail 0 lbs
Runway length 5,299 ft (1,615 m)
Venango Rgnl
Data Name Value
Location ID FKL
Number of passengers 3,595
Freight 0 lbs
Mail 0 lbs
Runway length 5,200 ft (1,585 m)
General Aviation (within area + 50 mile radius)
Brokenstraw
Data Name Value
Runway length 3,650 ft (1,113 m)
Chautauqua County/Dunkirk
Data Name Value
Runway length 6,000 ft (1,829 m)
Corry-Lawrence
Data Name Value
Runway length 4,101 ft (1,250 m)
Dart
Data Name Value
Runway length 3,800 ft (1,158 m)
Gowanda
Data Name Value
Runway length 3,430 ft (1,045 m)
Great Valley
Data Name Value
Runway length 3,800 ft (1,158 m)
Pratt's Eastern Divide
Data Name Value
Runway length 2,600 ft (792 m)