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Media update for Monday Night, September 3, 2012

Labor Day Parade & CarolinaFest
Today’s annual Labor Day parade commenced without incident, and was followed by uptown CarolinaFest activities that lasted until early evening. Law enforcement estimates a crowd of 30,000 visitors enjoyed CarolinaFest events before afternoon thunderstorms arrived late in the day. The celebration wrapped up a few minutes ahead of schedule for safety reasons, as heavy afternoon downpours led to some minor flash flooding in a few areas. There were a few subsequent transit delays due to the rain but schedules have returned to normal.
 
Public Transit
A reminder: Beginning tomorrow (September 4), CATS buses will operate on a regular weekday schedule from the Temporary Transit Center at Third and Mint Streets. The LYNX Blue Line will operate on the following schedule on Tuesday:
 

  • 5:30 a.m. to 6:00 a.m.  15 minutes  
  • 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.  10 minutes  
  • 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  15 minutes
  • 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  10 minutes  
  • 6:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.  15 minutes
  • Last train departs from Stonewall at 1:00 a.m.

Remember CATS has seven light rail park and rides and 43 bus park and rides for your commuting needs. 
 
For your safety, do not walk in front of a bus or train. Remember to take all personal items with you when exiting the bus or train. If you see a suspicious item or unattended package, do not touch it. Move away from the item immediately. Notify the operator or CATS Safety and Security personnel of any suspicious or unattended packages on the bus, train, or at a station or stop.
 
Streets & Motorists
Be sure to follow all traffic updates at dncinfo@charlottenc.gov. During the next week, motorists should expect congestion and delays on Charlotte streets and in surrounding areas. There will be lots of visitors and many are unfamiliar with Charlotte streets. Please slow down, be cautious and look out for pedestrians and bicyclists. 
 
Drive safe, not distracted.  In Charlotte, driver inattention and distraction was a contributing factor in 23% of all motor vehicle crashes last year.  You can greatly increase your chances of a safe trip by following these tips:
 
1.    Don’t text and drive. This is NC law.
2.    Avoid cell phone use.
3.    Don’t eat and drive.
4.    Don’t groom, put on make-up and fix your hair while driving.
5.    Preset your music system, climate control and GPS device before you start on the road.
6.    Stay alert and take breaks when needed.
 
The Charlotte Department of Transportation maintains traffic and pedestrian signals at over 715 intersections. If you notice a traffic or pedestrian signal that is damaged, burned out or not working properly contact the CharMeck 311 call center by dialing 311. If it is an emergency situation, please call 911.
 
Public Safety
Medic responded to six heat-related incidents today. Only one incident resulted in a transport – the patient had injuries described as non-threatening and was transported to Presbyterian Main.
 
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 mid-day 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

  • Weather conditions have impacted flights system wide resulting in delays in arrivals and departures. Passengers should contact their carrier directly for the most up-to-date information.
  • Approximately 15,000 arriving passengers are expected to end their flights at Charlotte Douglas International Airport by the end of the night, which is nearly 4,000 more than yesterday.
  • Passengers will continue to arrive throughout the evening.
  • Traffic outside the terminal is moving steadily. Motorists are advised to follow electronic signage when accessing the terminal.
  • The Airport Overlook remains closed and the Cell Phone Lot is still located at 5535 Wilkinson Boulevard.

Please note: Airport returns to normal traffic routes tomorrow morning.
 
Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation
Parks reported business as usual activity over Labor Day Weekend. Nature centers experienced strong visitation rates. Reedy Creek Nature Center recorded 354 visitors and Latta Plantation Nature Center recorded 232. The department’s two outdoor pools (Double Oaks and Cordelia) received a combined 452 visitors and Ray’s Splash Planet received 640 visitors.
A brief reminder: The Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center, Grady Cole Center and American Legion Memorial Stadium will remain closed until September 7. For more information, visit www.parkandrec.com 

Information for Residents and Visitors

  • Elizabeth Avenue remains 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 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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