Central Area Rural Transit System, Inc. (CARTS) is the result of a group of central Kenai Peninsula citizens getting together to find a way to give residents a ride…and it works! The solution is a coordinated community attempt to serve the needs of those whose transportation resources are few and whose need is great, utilizing the vehicles and services that we already have in a better way.

CARTS Mission

To provide safe public transportation to all service area residents in a timely, courteous, cost effective manner that eliminates duplication, increases agency coordination, addresses service gaps and contributes to their quality of life.

  • We believe that all people are entitled to live as independently as possible within their life circumstances; and
  • Freedom of movement is a fundamental necessity and a basic human need in our society; and
  • Everybody counts (regardless of age, health, income, or position) and has a contribution to make to the community in which they live; and
  • We work to advocate for transit, coordinate transit, and educate the public about transit.  We try to provide mobility for every individual who needs transportation.

CARTS is a demand response system set up to provide rides to residents and visitors to the central Kenai Peninsula including the cities of Soldotna and Kenai and communities of Kasilof, Sterling and Nikiski.  CARTS takes calls during regular weekday hours and guarantees rides between the hours of 7 am and 11 pm five days a week, except for work trips. Work trips are provided twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week except for observed holidays.

CARTS operates on pre-purchased punchcards, and passengers must schedule their rides the day before.  CARTS gives the most cost-effective, appropriate ride for that passenger, including those who have disabilities, and all rides are door-to-door.  This delivery concept was found to be the most flexible approach to most effectively utilize existing seat capacity, provide for expansion, adjust for economic conditions, and to reach the most riders and employers.

CARTS offices are located at 43530 Kalifornsky Beach Road across from Save U More.

CARTS mailing address is P.O. Box 993, Soldotna, AK  99669