December 21st, 2011
City Holiday Hours
City of Charlotte offices will be closed on Monday, December 26, Tuesday, December 27 and Monday, January 2.
Charlotte Area Transit System
(CATS) will operate according to its Sunday schedule on Sunday, December 25 and Monday, December 26.
- On Tuesday, December 27 – Friday, December 30, buses and trains will operate on a regular weekday schedule. However, no Gold Rush Service will operate during that time.
- The LYNX Blue Line light rail will operate extra service before and after the Belk Bowl, which is scheduled for Tuesday, December 27.
- On Saturday, December 31, the last buses (select routes only) and the LYNX Blue Line light rail service will depart from the Charlotte Transportation Center (CTC) at 1:30 a.m. in support of First Night activities in Uptown.
- On Sunday, January 1 and Monday, January 2, CATS will operate according to its Sunday schedule.
- On Monday, December 26, CATS Pass Sales Offices at the CTC and the CATS Call Center will be closed. On Tuesday, December 27, the CATS Call Center and Pass Sales Offices will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- On Saturday, December 31 and Sunday, January 1, CATS Pass Sales Offices at the CTC and the CATS Call Center will be closed.
- The CATS Call Center and Pass Sales Offices will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, January 2.
For more information, please contact CATS Customer Service at 704-336-RIDE or visit www.ridetransit.org.
Solid Waste Services will provide collection services according to the normal schedule.
- Yard waste will not be collected Monday, December 26 through Friday, December 30; however, residents may place extra garbage outside the rollout cart for collection at that time. Extra garbage must be bagged and placed beside (not on top) of the cart.
- Beginning Monday, January 2, Solid Waste Services will collect natural Christmas trees for yard waste collection. Artificial trees must be scheduled for bulky item collection by calling 311 or visiting http://curbit.charlottenc.gov. Residents are asked to remove all decorations from trees and place them curbside by 6:30 a.m. on the scheduled collection day.
For information about how to properly prepare materials for collection, visit http://curbit.charmeck.org.
Changes to Youth Curfew in Effect
The Youth Protection Ordinance was established in 1995 to protect juveniles from victimization and exposure to criminal activity by establishing a curfew. Recently, the Charlotte City Council approved changes to the Youth Protection Ordinance.
Airport Anticipates Busy Holiday Travel Season
In an effort to continue helping protect young people in our community, youth under the age of 15 and their parents need to be aware of the new rules, which will go into effect on Thursday, December 15.
Ages 12 and under: 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. seven days per week
Ages 13 – 15: 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. seven days per week
Youth accompanied by a parent, guardian or a responsible adult over the age of 21 that has the parent’s permission to accompany the youth will not be in violation of the ordinance.
For more information about the curfew, including the exceptions to the ordinance, visit curfew.cmpd.org.
Charlotte Douglas International Airport is expecting large crowds this holiday season.
Travelers are reminded to be prepared (1) know the latest security regulations and pack accordingly; (2) anticipate and plan for longer wait times at check-in and security checkpoints due to increased passenger volume; and (3) allow more time to park.
Passengers are also reminded to plan ahead using SmartPark, the Airport’s parking program. Travelers can also visit the parking status page at cltairport.com where they can also review real time parking information.
Stay Safe This Holiday Season
There are some new parking additions this year, including the SmartPark Express options that include Pay & Go stations in the daily parking decks shuttle bus stop and in Long Term Lot 4. These stations allow travelers to pay their parking tickets using credit cards and exit using a pre-paid exit lane. More details including a complete listing of parking options available can be found here.
For up-to-date parking conditions call 704-359-5555 and visit www.charlotteairport.com for the complete list of travel tips.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) reminds you of some helpful holiday shopping safety tips.
- Park and walk in well-lit areas.
- Don’t leave packages on car seats; keep them out of sight in the trunk.
- While shopping, don’t flash large amounts of cash, instead, use checks or credit cards.
- Don’t leave your purse or you purchases unattended. Never leave children alone.
- Report all suspicious activity to the police by calling 911 with a description.
You can find a complete listing of these and more safety tips at the safety and prevention web page
Bundle up and Protect Plumbing
Winter weather is here; take action now to help prevent burst water pipes, leaks, costly repairs and high water bills later.
- Disconnect garden hoses from outdoor spigots.
- Close foundation vents.
- Seal any openings and air leaks in your crawl space or basement. Use cardboard, plastic or newspaper if necessary.
- Open doors on cabinets beneath sinks to allow warmer air to circulate around plumbing at night.
- If you own an irrigation system, unplug automatic lawn sprinkler systems and winterize the backflow prevention device. Irrigating lawns during freezing weather leads to dangerous icing on sidewalks and roadways.
For more tips to protect your plumbing and properly prepare irrigation systems for winter, visit www.cmutilities.com
Construction of the Airport’s New Hourly Deck Begins
Construction of the Charlotte Douglas International Airport’s new hourly parking deck is under way. Upon completion in 2014, the new deck will contain seven levels, rental car return facilities and 7,000 parking spaces. The $120 million project, located in front of the existing daily parking decks, is being constructed in two phases.
Once completed, passengers will pick-up and drop-off their rental vehicles inside the deck, eliminating rental car shuttles to and from the terminal. Airport rental-car fees will fund that portion of the project.
Although parking in the daily and existing hourly decks will not be impacted, passengers are reminded to enter the existing hourly deck on the upper roadway and to visit www.cltairport.com
for current parking status.
Google Indoor Maps Launches at Airport
Google Maps has launched a new feature to help travelers more easily determine their location and discover points of interest within the Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
This new Google indoor maps feature is a new tool for Airport passengers who want to know where they are and where they want to go. The application puts moving directions in the customers’ hands and guides them to their gate. It also points out nearby restaurants, where to get a cup of coffee and last minute shopping locations that are nearest to the customers’ location. The indoor maps are currently available for Android phones only.
Indoor maps are part of the Google Maps 6.0 release for Android-powered devices. Users will need to update the Google Maps application on their device in order to access these features, but no updates will be required after the one-time installation. Visit cltairport.com, and select the Maps and Directions link on the homepage for more information.
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