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New CATS Park and Ride is Under Construction for Albemarle Routes

Immediate Release - July 3, 2012

The Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) is constructing a self-owned and operated park and ride lot at Albemarle and Lawyers Roads. The Albemarle Road Park and Ride will add to the number of CATS owned and conveniently located park and ride facilities already in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region.

"CATS is excited to add the Albemarle Road Park and Ride in east Charlotte as a new amenity for commuters,” said David Feltman, Manager of Project Development. “Our Route 9 Central Avenue and 40X Albemarle Road customers will be able to safely and conveniently access frequent service to Uptown Charlotte all day, along with express bus trips during peak commuting hours.”

The lot with 231 parking spaces is similar in size and scale to others in CATS' facilites. Plans include surface parking, a driver comfort station and passenger amenities such as benches, trash cans, surveillance equipment, emergency blue light telephones and lighting. CATS set aside almost 20 percent of the site as an undisturbed Tree Save Area and is planting over 50 additional trees to support the City of Charlotte’s efforts in preserving the community’s tree canopy. The park and ride will also include landscaping, bicycle conveniences and an Art in Transit element. The Art-in-Transit component will consist of installing a glass mosaic tile mural designed by artist Marcelo Novo on the comfort station.

Construction of the $1.1 million Albemarle Road Park and Ride is scheduled for completion in September 2012. CATS park and ride lots are conveniently located throughout the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region to provide residents an opportunity to catch the bus, carpool or vanpool at a designated location. There are currently four park and rides owned and operated by CATS and 40 locations that are leased.
To learn more about CATS and transit planning, please call 704-336-7433 or visit us on the web at www.ridetransit.org.