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CATS Hosts Public Meetings to Gather Input Regarding Proposed Bus Route Adjustments

 

The Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) is holding a series of open house public outreach meetings over the next week to gather input regarding proposed adjustments to some bus routes.

 

If adopted, the service change would be implemented on March 3, 2014. The public outreach meetings are open house format designed for you to drop in anytime during the meeting hours. CATS wants your feedback and encourages transit customers and members of the community to attend the meeting to ask questions and learn more about the proposed changes to these routes.

Routes 2, 11, 29, 34, 51, 80X, North Meck Village Riders

Main Library
310 North Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28202

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

 

Route 51

Matthews Public Library
230 Matthews Station Street
Matthews, NC 28105
Wednesday, December 4, 2013

4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

 

North Meck Village Riders 97, 98, 99

North County Regional
16500 Holly Crest Lane
Huntersville NC 28078

Thursday, December 5, 2013

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

 

Route 39 Eastway

Plaza Midwood Public Library
1623 Central Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28205

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

 

Route 2 Ashley Park
From Mint Street, the proposed routing would turn right on Morehead Street and resume regular routing at Freedom Drive.  Service on Mint Street and Summit Avenue would be discontinued.  This proposal is being considered to increase on-time performance.

For trips to DMSI, the proposed routing would turn left on Alleghany Street to serve DSMI before returning to Carrowmore Place.  All other trips will continue to turn right on Alleghany Street from Carlyle Drive.

Route 11 – North Tryon
CATS will share information regarding how construction projects will impact Route 11 North Tryon. Current and future construction projects, such as utility relocation, bridge replacement and road widening, will result of the periodic closures of North Tryon Street.

Route 29 UNCC
Proposed routing adjustments are for trips continuing to Wells Fargo CIC and Hewitt Associates.  The proposed routing would turn right on University City Blvd (Highway 49) from UNCC, turn right on WT Harris Boulevard, then turn left on IBM Drive and continue along IBM Drive back to WT Harris Boulevard.  These limited trips would no longer enter or operate on Hewitt or CIC campuses.  These destinations would be served by bus stops on IBM Drive.  Route 29 service on Mallard Creek Church Road and North Tryon Street would be discontinued.  These areas would remain served by Route 11 North Tryon Street.  Routing between UNCC and South Park would not be affected.

Route 34 Freedom Drive

The proposed routing would continue on 4th Street Extension, staying straight onto Tuckaseegee Road to Berryhill Road. Service on Walnut Avenue, Sumter Avenue, and State Street would be discontinued on Route 34. Service in this area would be maintained by Route 8.

 

From Toddville Road, the proposed routing would turn right on Tuckaseegee Road, then turn left on Little Rock Road at the signal. Existing areas along Queen City Drive would be served by bus stops on Tuckaseegee Road, Little Rock Road, and Mulberry Church Road. Service on Mulberry Church Road would only operate inbound serving the shelter at Queen City Drive. Outbound customers traveling to Mulberry Church Road would need to either deboard at Tuckaseegee Road and Toddville Road or ride through Scott Futrell Drive. Outbound trips would no longer layover on Scott Futrell Drive.

 

With these proposed changes, travel time between CTC and Berryhill Road would improve, and CATS would add one earlier trip and one later trip on the route.

 

Route 39 Eastway
The Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) is holding an open house public meeting on Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm to solicit input regarding proposed route adjustments to Route 39.

Proposed routing would discontinue service north of The Plaza, including North Tryon Street Tom Hunter Road, Canterwood Drive, Elgywood Lane, and Arrowhead Drive.  Service to these areas would continue to be maintained by Routes 11 North Tryon and 211 Hidden Valley.

From Eastway Drive, proposed routing would turn left on The Plaza, left on Sugar Creek Road, and right on Eastway Drive and resume regular routing.  This proposal is under consideration because a construction project will close Eastway Drive between The Plaza and North Tryon Street, starting March 2014. This construction closure will prevent all traffic from traveling Eastway Drive between North Tryon Street and The Plaza.  

Route 51 – Pineville-Matthews Road
Proposed routing would serve downtown Matthews via North Trade Street and West John Street.  Two new trips to Central Piedmont Community College Levine Campus would be added.  Current service to Sycamore Commons via Northeast Parkway would be discontinued. This proposal is under consideration due to low ridership and customer requests to serve downtown Matthews.

 

80X Concord Express
The proposed routing would discontinue service to Target / Home Depot Park and Ride in Concord / Kannapolis.  Service would instead start and end at the Big Lots Park and Ride in Concord.  This proposal is under consideration to address future construction projects and improve on-time performance.

The proposed routing would travel Interstate 485 to Interstate 85 after the Speedway Park and Ride.  Service along North Tryon Street in Charlotte would be discontinued.  This proposal is under consideration to address future construction projects and improve on-time performance.

Proposed service changes would replace the Cheddar’s Park and Ride with a new Park and Ride at IKEA.  Proposed routing would serve the IKEA Park and Ride directly on and off Interstate 85.  This proposal is under consideration to improve on-time performance.

Reverse trips to Concord Mills Mall via the University Area are proposed to be discontinued.  Service to this area would be maintained by Route 11 North Tryon.  This proposal is under consideration, due to low ridership on the reverse express trips.

Routes 98 and 99 North Mecklenburg Village Riders
Proposed routing for Route 98 McCoy Road includes replacing current service to North County Regional Library with service to Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) Merancas Campus.   The service to CPCC would operate on Statesville Road and Verhoeff Road between the Park and Ride and CPCC.  Route 98 bus service between the Park and Ride and the Library along Statesville Road would be discontinued.  Service in this area would be maintained with Routes 77X and 99.  Service between the Park and Ride and McCoy Road via Gilead Road would remain unchanged.  Route 98 would continue to provide deviated bus service within ¾ mile from the proposed bus route.

Proposed routing for Route 99 Huntersville/CPCC includes replacing current service along Verhoeff Road would be replaced with Route 98.  Service to Bryton Town Center (Wal-Mart) would become part of the regular route via Alexanderana Road and Old Statesville Road.  Current service on Statesville Road between Verhoeff Road and Alexanderana Road would be discontinued.  Service to North Mecklenburg High School would be maintained. CPCC would be served indirectly by new bus stops on Old Statesville Road, about a quarter-mile walk from campus.  The current bus stops on Verhoeff Road would be served directly by the proposed adjustments to Route 98. Route 99 would continue to provide deviated bus service within ¾ mile from the proposed bus route.