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Contact: Azania Herron (704) 432-2549


CATS DAVIDSON BUS FACILITY INSTALLS COMMUNITY ART MURAL
 
Charlotte, N.C., August 27, 2010 — Crews have begun the installation of a temporary construction fence painted by citizens for the Charlotte Area Transit System’s (CATS) North Davidson Bus Facility Renovation and Expansion Project. The mural was created in collaboration with McColl Center for Visual Art (the Center) to provide an opportunity for the public to paint a temporary mural on the construction fence of the bus facility for the duration of the project.

“The mural is a great compliment to the CATS North Davidson Bus Facility because not only does it demonstrate a great partnership between community art and our construction safety efforts,” said Monifa Hendrickson, Davidson facility project manager.  “It is also pleasing to the eye on a construction site for the neighborhoods nearby and commuters.”

Raymond Burton, artist and CATS Special Transportation Service employee, served as the project artist. The theme of the mural is From Point A to Point B: How do you get from here to there and beyond. The mural was created over a two week period starting with the Center’s Open Studio Saturday on June 12 and continued by 1st – 6th grade students from the Center’s Summer Art Institute. The mural will go on display through the duration of the reconstruction.

The CATS North Davidson Bus Facility is expected to open spring 2011.  The renovation and expansion project is the recipient of $20.7 million of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus funds through the Transit Capital Assistance Urbanized Program. CATS plans to improve operations for the 28-year-old bus facility by updating facility conditions, replacing original bus maintenance equipment and upgrading mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems. The renovations will provide essential space and support for the operations and maintenance of up to 200 transit buses.

The mural set up will continue through the weekend with final installation taking place on Tuesday, August 31.  To learn more about CATS and its services, please call 704-336-RIDE (7433) or visit us on the web at www.ridetransit.org.