May 26th 2010
City Holiday Hours
City of Charlotte offices will be closed on Monday, May 31.
Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) bus routes and the LYNX Blue Line will operate on a Sunday schedule on Monday, May 31. No express bus service will operate on that day.
For more information please contact CATS Customer Service at 704-336-RIDE or visit www.ridetransit.org.
Solid Waste Services will operate on a normal schedule. For information on how to properly prepare your materials for collection, visit http://curbit.charmeck.org.
Train Speeds Increase in Charlotte
CSX Transportation has increased train speeds in the City of Charlotte this month. Beginning Monday, May 24, train speeds increased from 25 to 35 mph. On Monday, May 31, train speeds will increase from 35 to 40 mph.
These speed increases will help reduce wait times for motorists at highway-rail intersections and improve rail operation efficiencies.
To contact the CSX Public Safety Coordination Center to report an unsafe act or accident on CSX railroad property, call CSX's toll free number at 1-800-232-0144. This important number is posted at all crossing locations.
To schedule a free highway-rail or pedestrian safety presentation in your community, call 1-877-TellCSX (835-5279).
CATS Revs up Service for Race
The Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) is gearing up for the large crowds anticipated during Speed Street. To accommodate crowds, CATS has added new rail cars to the LYNX Blue Line fleet and will operate two-car trains every 7.5 minutes Friday and Saturday evenings from 6 – 11 p.m., the busiest times of Speed Street. The LYNX Blue Line will run every 10 – 15 minutes Thursday evening, Saturday morning and after 11 p.m. on Saturday. As a result of this extra service, some trains will not operate on their regular schedule.
On Sunday, May 30, the 79X Concord Mills Express bus will operate every 20 minutes between noon and 6:30 p.m. to help fans get to the Charlotte Motor Speedway.
For parking information and other race day details visit the CATS web site www.ridetransit.org or call 704-336-RIDE.
You can also purchase your tickets in advance online.
Speed Street Closures
Speed Street will begin Thursday, May 27 and finish Saturday, May 29. Streets will close Wednesday, May 26 at 9:30 a.m. and reopen Sunday, May 30 at 8 a.m.
Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes around the uptown area and allow for additional commute time.
Visit the City of Charlotte newsroom for more travel tips and detailed street closure information.
For more information about the Speed Street festival visit www.600festival.com or click here to link to the operational plan.
Hazard Mitigation Plan is Open for Input
Charlotte-Mecklenburg has updated its multi-jurisdictional hazard mitigation plan in coordination with the six incorporated towns: Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville, Matthews, Mint Hill and Pineville. This plan assesses the risks posed to people and property by natural hazards such as floods, tornadoes, high winds and winter storms, and includes recommended actions to help eliminate or reduce those risks.
The plan also provides local governments with strategies for reducing the potential impact of natural hazards including preparedness training, regulations on land use and building construction, and through public education and awareness.
Citizens are encouraged to read and submit comments regarding the updated draft plan, which can be found at the Hazard Mitigation Plan web site. You can also e-mail comments to CharMeckEM@charlottenc.gov by Monday, May 31.
For more information about Charlotte-Mecklenburg's hazard mitigation plan, read the plan online or contact Wayne Broome, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management Director, at 704-336-7616.
Does Your Neighborhood Have the Energy for this Challenge?
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, June 10
6 – 8:30 p.m.
Hickory Grove Recreation Center
6709 Pence 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.
Customer Service Improvements Continue at Utilities
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities initiated a countywide water meter equipment audit on Wednesday, May 19. Auditors began checking 9,000 water meters and transmitters as part of a comprehensive program to enhance existing quality assurance and improve customer service. Please visit www.cmutilities.com for details.
The GOV Channel is Your City Source
The GOV Channel brings you the latest City Source episode on Thursday, June 3 at 7 p.m. The episode will give you an in-depth look at the security upgrades that have gone into effect at the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport. You'll also learn about the Utilities water meter audit, the Neighborhood Energy Challenge and the Community Police Awards.
For your convenience, you can view episodes of City Source online at www.charmeck.org by clicking on the GOV Channel logo.
If you know someone who would be interested in reading CMail, please forward it to them!