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Contact: Jean Leier (704) 432-0496 

CATS PROVIDES ADDITIONAL SERVICE FOR NASCAR ALL-STAR WEEKEND

Charlotte, N.C., May 14, 2010- As race fans flock to Charlotte for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race on May 22 and the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on May 23, the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) wants to remind you that there’s an easier way to get to these events– let CATS do the driving for you! CATS is providing extra bus and rail service during NASCAR’s All-Star weekend so you can take advantage of the convenience of transit.

On Saturday, May 22 the 79X Concord Mills Express will operate its regular schedule until noon.  Between noon and 6:00 p.m. service will increase to every 20 minutes to help get fans to the racetrack for the NASCAR All-Star Race.   “The 79X Concord Mills Express operates on Saturdays from the Uptown Charlotte Transportation Center to the Speedway and ends at Concord Mills Mall,” said Larry Kopf, CATS’ Chief Operations Planning Officer.   “Fans can enjoy this quick, hassle-free way to get to the speedway.”  

People driving to Uptown to catch the bus can park in the lot adjacent to the Blake Hotel and the Cameron Brown Building at 301 South McDowell Street.  Parking costs $5 per car at this location.  The bus will pick up customers at the shelter outside the Blake Hotel.  Passengers may bring small coolers that fit on their laps but no eating or drinking are permitted while on the bus.  Both drop-off and pick-up locations at Charlotte Motor Speedway will be near the track’s main entrance.  Return trips begin running immediately after the checkered flag as race fans make their way to the buses. 

Fare for the 79X Concord Mills Express is $6 round-trip.  Tickets can be purchased at the Charlotte Transportation Center, located at 310 East Trade Street in Center City.  Customers can also purchase tickets online at  http://secure.ridetransit.org/psales/c-7-special-event-may-races.aspx.

On Sunday, May 23 fans can enjoy the ride to the NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony aboard the LYNX Blue Line.  Two-car trains will run all day for racing fans to join in the celebration and tour the new NASCAR Hall of Fame Museum.  “Fans can park at any of the seven park-and-ride lots along the LYNX Blue Line, and arrive just one block from the NASCAR Hall of Fame Museum,” said Rocky Paiano, CATS’ General Manager of Rail Services.  LYNX round trip fare is $3.00. 

To learn more about CATS and its services visit www.ridetransit.org or call 704-336-RIDE (7433).