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Media update for September 3, 2012 (3:15 p.m.)

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Public Transit

  • CATS is experiencing high ridership volume on the LYNX Blue Line this afternoon as people attend events in Center City. There is capacity for riders on the trains and service is running on schedule. Currently the Archdale Park and Ride is the only park and ride lot available. CATS encourages customers to use the bus park and rides, which are also free.  
  • CATS also suggests customers carpool to the train and bus lots to allow as much parking capacity as possible.•
  • Today, the LYNX Blue Line will be stopping at the Stonewall Street Station and operating with two-car trains all day.
  • 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.10 minutes (6 trains per hour) 
  • 7:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. 15 minutes (4 trains per hour)
  • Last train departs from Stonewall at 1:00 a.m.

Public Safety

  • Today, Mecklenburg EMS Agency (Medic) deployed a rehab unit to treat several individuals who were exhibiting heat related illnesses. All injuries were classified as minor, non-life threatening.
  • The community is reminded to protect themselves from the heat by following these helpful tips:
    • Drink plenty of fluids - remember alcoholic beverages will only increase your chances of becoming dehydrated; you need to drink plenty of water and/or other non-alcoholic beverages.  
    • Do not overexert yourself in the heat, especially for long periods of time.
    • Avoid strenuous activity in the midday sun.
  • Remember, if you feel yourself cramping up, nauseous, light headed, or have stopped sweating, try to get to a cool place immediately and replenish your lost fluids. As always, if you believe you need immediate medical assistance, please dial 911.  

Airport Update

  • Alternate traffic routes remain in place.
  • Motorists are asked to follow electronic directional signage.
  • While vehicle traffic has increased, traffic continues to move. Additional crews are assisting at key intersections to help those accessing and departing the airport. 
  • Although airlines report no delays in arrivals or departures, passengers should contact their carrier directly for the most up-to-date information.
  • There are no weather-related delays reported.
  • The Airport Overlook remains closed through today, Monday, September 3.
  • The Airport’s temporary Cell Phone Lot remains located at 5535 Wilkinson Boulevard today, Monday September 3, as well.
  • Passengers are reminded to:
    • Read the temporary directional signs when they are activated. Trust what they say and follow them.
    • Tune in to Airport Radio 1610 AM for the latest Airport traffic information.
    • Passengers should allow extra time to arrive and get settled before a flight and prepare as they would for holiday travel.
    • Be patient, plan ahead. Click here for the latest parking updates.
  • Reminder: Media parking is temporarily located to the Cell Phone Lot off Rental Car Road through Monday, September 3. Unless you are working on a story, please don't park at the temporary Cell Phone Lot (which is located at 5535 Wilkinson Boulevard).

Information for Residents and Visitors

  • Elizabeth Avenue is closed between Kings Drive and Charlottetowne Avenue. This closure is necessary for staging essential equipment and personnel to be used to support uptown activities. CATS buses will be allowed.
  • Residential garbage and recycling will be collected according to the normal schedule this week. Yard waste and bulky item collection services are suspended. For locations within the secure perimeter in uptown, garbage and recycling collection will be provided on the regularly scheduled day, but between the hours of 12:01 a.m. – 6 a.m. This includes locations serviced by the City and private haulers.            
  • Call 311 (704-336-7600 if you are outside Mecklenburg County) for information about City and County operations and services. 311 has extended its hours and is open from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m.
  • Remember to visit DNCinfo.CharlotteNC.gov for the latest updates on City and County operations and services. Recent updates include a full listing of public parking options in uptown, new access maps for the Ballantyne area, public transit information and more.

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