July 7th 2010
CATS Fare Increase Service Changes
Customers already have begun seeing changes to the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS). A 25 cent fare increase for local routes and approximately a 16.7 percent increase for all other fares has gone into effect. Local bus rounds and train fares have adjusted from $1.50 each ride to $1.75. Click here to see the complete listing of new fares.
Also, CATS has instituted numerous service changes or enhancements to local and express bus routes and trolley services. Here is a complete listing of all the June service changes.
To learn more about CATS and its services, call 704-336-RIDE (7433) or visit us on the web at www.ridetransit.org.
Airport Temporarily Closes Security Checkpoint
Charlotte Douglas International Airport will temporarily close Checkpoint A during the month of July for expansion and renovations. The checkpoint will close so crews can begin work to expand the space by approximately 2,000 square feet. The additional square footage will allow Checkpoint A to increase from three security lanes to four. It will also accommodate installment of the advanced imaging technologies scanner (also known as a full body scanner). The checkpoint is scheduled to reopen Saturday, August 7.
Passengers are asked to make note of the closing of Checkpoint A before arriving to the terminal building. Checkpoints B, C and D will remain open. To assist and minimize wait times for passengers, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will reassign staff to the open checkpoints and will work to keep all of the remaining security lanes open. For more information, visit the Airport's web site at charlotteairport.com.
311 to Reduce Service Hours
Beginning Saturday, July 10, CharMeck 311 will reduce a portion of its 24/7 operations. As part of the change, 311 customer service representatives will receive citizen calls for service between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily including weekends. After 8 p.m., calls will be answered by an automated system that will route calls to appropriate agencies available for service delivery. After 8 p.m., callers will continue to access non-emergency local services such as:
- Utilities (water main breaks, sewer issues and other non-billing related services)
- Non-emergency crime reporting and animal control services (available until 1 a.m. and online 24-hours-a-day)
- Online services are available 24/7 at www.charmeck.org.
The reduction in hours was part of the FY 2011 budget approved by Charlotte City Council.
Go Green for Charlotte
Residents can Go Green for Charlotte by participating in the City's improved Recycle It! program. In addition to an improved way of recycling, the majority of Charlotte residents have a new service day for placing garbage, recyclables and yard waste curbside for collection.
New collection day and recycling week information can be found at http://curbit.charlottenc.gov.
Residents are also reminded:
- Recyclables are collected every other week, but on the same day as garbage and yard waste. Garbage and yard waste will continue to be collected weekly, and bulky items still must be scheduled for collection.
- Garbage, recyclables, yard waste and bulky items should not obstruct the sidewalk when placed out for collection. Collection items should be placed curbside no later than 6:30 am on the scheduled day of collection.
- New items that can be recycled include empty aerosol cans, plastics 1-5 & 7 (except plastic bags, bottle caps/lids, carry-out food cups and containers), juice boxes and wax-coated milk/juice cartons.
- The City will collect recyclables from the recycling cart or up to two bins. Both types of containers will not be collected from one household.
- Red bins may be recycled in the recycling rollout cart or taken to one of Mecklenburg County's full-service recycling centers.
For more information about the improved Recycle It! program, visit http://recycleit.charlottenc.gov.
Public Forums to Discuss Affordable Housing Policy
The City of Charlotte is conducting five public forums throughout July and August to give citizens a chance to provide feedback on the draft Housing Locational policy. The Housing Locational Policy provides a guide for the financing and/or development of multi-family rental housing projects designed to serve, in whole or part, households that earn 60% or less than the area median income.
The forums will include an overview of affordable housing in Charlotte, a review of the existing Housing Locational Policy, a presentation of the suggested revisions and a discussion with attendees. All public input from the forums will be presented to the Housing & Neighborhood Development Committee in late August.
Wednesday, July 7
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
St. Matthews Catholic Church
8015 Ballantyne Commons Parkway
Tuesday, July 27
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Hickory Grove Baptist Church
6050 Hickory Grove Road
For a complete listing of all public forums visit the Housing Locational Policy web site.
Unable to attend the designated forums? E-mail questions and comments to HLP@charlottenc.gov.
Neighborhood Energy Challenge Workshops
Submit your application today for the Neighborhood Energy Challenge, a program encouraging neighbors to join forces to develop innovative and practical strategies for improving their neighborhoods' energy use.
Applications are due Friday, July 30.
Interested in applying? You must register and take part in one of five pre-application workshops to provide applicants with detailed information about the Challenge and application process.
Tuesday, July 13
6 – 8:30 p.m.
Park Road YWCA
3420 Park Road
For more details about the Neighborhood Energy Challenge, program guidelines or to register for a pre-application workshop, visit the Neighborhood & Business Services web site or call 704-353-1130.
The Challenge is open to any neighborhood or homeowners association in Charlotte that has been established for at least three months. Up to five neighborhoods will be selected to participate, regardless of location or economic conditions.
Come celebrate all that's great about the North End of Charlotte. The Community & Commerce division of Neighborhood & Business Services has been working hard to help promote the Saturday, August 14 inaugural 5K Rock-'N-Run event sponsored by the NC Music Factory and North End Partners business association.
Runners, walkers and volunteers are welcome!
For more information and to register, go to: www.ncrockandrun.com.
All proceeds will benefit four non-profits located in the North Tryon area: Crisis Assistance Ministry, Hope Haven, Historic Rosedale and the Men's Shelter of Charlotte.
Not much of a runner but would like to volunteer? Please contact Rhonda Caldwell at: email@example.com.
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