CART formally South West Cavan Rural Transport Initiative opened its office in The Réaltóg Centre Kilnaleck on the 18th March 2003. The original project aimed to provide transport services for local people who had difficulty in accessing essential facilities and services due to the absence of public/private modes of transport.
The project is managed by a management committee of 12 which comprises of representatives from Kilnaleck and District Community Co-op Ltd., HSE, Bus Éireann, Cavan VEC, Breffni Integrated, County Development Board, Community & Voluntary Representatives and Local Business Representatives
The original name South West Cavan Rural Transport Initiative reflected the initial area covered by the project which included the parishes of Kilnaleck, Ballymachugh, Ballintemple, Crosserlough, parts of Kilbride and parts of Denn. Following consultation from our Business Plan 2008 – 2010 it became clear that the project should be re-branded to reflect the increased area covered by the project. The name CART which stands for Cavan Area Rural Transport was actually suggested by a person attending one of the public consultation meetings held while the Business Plan 2008 – 2010 was been drawn up. The area covered by CART now includes all District Electoral Divisions (DED’s) in the Bailieborough, Ballyjamesduff and Cavan Local Electoral Area (LEA) and Arvagh, Bruce Hall, Carrafin, Castlesaunderson, Corr, Crossdoney and Drumcarban District DED’s in the Belturbet LEA.
In June 2010 CART extended it geographical area to cover the whole of County Cavan following the closure of Rural LifT Ltd. The other services provided by Rural LifT Ltd. in County Letrim are now being provided by Letrim Integrated Development Company Ltd. while still using the Rural LifT brand.
Additional funding was made available from Pobal in 2011. Six services were piloted (R052) hospital link service from Cavan town, (R091) Dublin link service from Kilnaleck to Virginia, (R405) Shercock to Bailieborough, (R514) Bailieborough to Cootehill. Two services were sucessful (R102) Cootehill to Cavan via Kill, Tullyvin, Drung, Castletara and Castlemanor and (R404) Killeshandra to Cavan, via Ardlougher, Miltown, Aghlane and Belturbet. Both services are included in our timetable, details of these services can be found on our timetable. CART/Rural LifT launched a New Social Car Scheme in West Cavan Area serving Blacklion, Dowra and Glangevlin. In late 2012 CART propose to pilot a service from Blacklion to Cavan.