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IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                     
Contact: Jean Leier (704) 432-0496     
    
LOCAL AGENCIES TRAIN TOGETHER TO RESPOND TO TRANSIT EMERGENCIES 

Charlotte, N.C., June 21, 2010 - In an effort to provide safe and secure transit, the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) works with local first responders and federal agencies to train for possible emergencies.  Join CATS, Charlotte Fire, Mecklenburg EMS, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD), Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on Sunday, June 27 from 6:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. as the agencies work together to respond to a mock light rail vehicle incident during an emergency drill.
 
“It takes the cooperation of all agencies working together to effectively manage emergencies for when they may occur,” said Bryan Leaird, General Manger of CATS Safety and Security.  “The ability to train in advance prepares us to provide the best response possible for our customers.”

The I-485/South Boulevard Transit Station will be closed from 6:00 a.m. until 11 a.m. on the morning of the training. LYNX park and ride locations will remain open from Sharon Road West and north during the drill. CATS will provide bus service to the Sharon Road West Station for passengers transferring at or walking to the I-485/South Boulevard Transit Station.   Customers can board the bus in Lot A located in the front of the parking deck.   Passengers taking Route 58 Pineville will make their connections at the Sharon Road West Station during this time.  The I-485/South Boulevard Station will reopen at 11:00 a.m.

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