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Charlotte Transit Center to temporarily relocate during three days of the DNC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, May 4, 2012
 
Contacts

Jean Leier
Charlotte Area Transit System  
704-432-0496
Kim McMillan
City of Charlotte  
704-336-2643
Max Milien
U.S. Secret Service
202-406-5708
  
Charlotte, NC — The City of Charlotte announced today that the Charlotte Transit Center (CTC) will temporarily relocate to Third and South Mint Streets from September 3 through 5 during the Democratic National Convention. The CTC will return to normal operations the morning of September 6.

Working in conjunction with other law enforcement partners, the U.S. Secret Service determined that relocating the CTC was necessary to protect public safety during the Convention after conducting extensive security assessments in and around Time Warner Cable Arena.

The decision follows a letter from Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx to the Secret Service requesting an update on the agency’s security plans for the Convention. In his letter, Foxx urged the Secret Service to limit the number of days the CTC would be closed and to notify him of the agency’s plans as soon as possible so that planning could begin immediately to accommodate Charlotte citizens and business that could be affected.
“Given the possibility that the Convention might require additional security measures, I wrote to the Secret Service to seek clarity on their plans so we could communicate them to the people of Charlotte as soon as possible,” said Mayor Foxx. “Now that we’ve heard from the Secret Service, we are working to put plans in place to accommodate transit riders and make certain that they are able to continue to take advantage of the public transit system.”

“CATS has relocated the Transit Center before on weekdays and weekends, so we are prepared to make the transfer to and from the temporary site as seamless as possible for our customers,” said CATS CEO Carolyn Flowers. “Our main priority is to ensure that riders can get to work, school, medical appointments or other destinations safely and with little disruption.” 
 
“The goal of the Secret Service and the National Special Security Event planning team is to provide a safe and secure DNC with the least amount of inconvenience to those who live and work in Charlotte,” said Assistant Special Agent in Charge Leon Newsome, the Secret Service’s DNC coordinator. “We all understand that there will be some impact upon Charlotteans, primarily within the uptown area. However, we will continue to work with the City of Charlotte and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department on outreach within the uptown business community and with citizens groups, and information will be released as soon as practicable once security plans are finalized.”

The CTC will be temporarily relocated at South Mint and Third Streets, providing convenient access to uptown worksites and transfers to other routes. The temporary Transit Center will operate normal business hours and provide customers with the same amenities they depend on every day when using transit such as air-conditioned waiting areas, concessions, public restrooms, safety and security, and pass sales. CATS Transit Ambassadors will be on site assisting customers with transfers and transit questions.
 
CATS is currently planning how routes will operate around the temporary Transit Center. Later this summer CATS will release specific route schedules so customers can plan their work days and visits to DNC events. CATS will conduct transit fairs at uptown buildings and the CTC to educate customers and employees in Center City on how to use public transit, review route schedules during the convention and advise residents of additional commuting options such as vanpooling, carpooling and biking.
 
As with the CTC, the proximity of the Charlotte LYNX light rail line to Time Warner Cable Arena will require additional security measures, including the temporary suspension of service to one or more stations and along rail lines adjacent to the Arena. Security planners are working with CATS officials and others to determine which station or stations would be affected and what time period any suspension of service would occur. It is anticipated that the light rail will only be able to run to the Stonewall Street Station from September 3 through 5 and return to normal operations the morning of September 6.
 
Additional information on the CTC relocation and Charlotte LYNX individual station closures will be released in advance of the Convention, along with a comprehensive plan detailing further transportation and security restrictions. 
 
To keep current on how services will be operated during the DNC, register for updates via email or text at DNCinfo.charlottenc.gov and click the “Notify Me” image.

On June 1, 2011, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security designated the 2012 Democratic National Convention as a National Special Security Event (NSSE).  When an event is designated an NSSE, the U.S. Secret Service assumes its role as the lead federal agency for the design and implementation of the operational security plan. The Secret Service, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, as well as a number of other local, state and federal agencies, play a critical operational role in securing the event and resources will be deployed to maintain the necessary level of security.