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Posted: Friday, May. 04, 2012

Transit center moving for DNC

By Steve Harrison
Published in: Democratic Convention

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Charlotte’s uptown transit center will be moved for three days in September during the Democratic National Convention, the city announced Friday.

Due to security concerns, the main bus station will be moved to Third and South Mint streets from Sept. 3 to 5.

The city also said it anticipates the Lynx Blue Line won’t operate along the full line during the convention, and will likely stop at the Stonewall Street station, by the Westin hotel.

“CATS has relocated the Transit Center before on weekdays and weekends, so we are prepared to make the transfer to and from the temporary site as seamless as possible for our customers,” said CATS chief executive Carolyn Flowers said in a news release. “Our main priority is to ensure that riders can get to work, school, medical appointments or other destinations safely and with little disruption.”

The Charlotte Transportation Center is across the street from Time Warner Cable arena, the main site for the DNC.

Sept. 3 is a Monday. When the center re-opens on Sept. 6, a Thursday, the focus of the DNC will shift to Bank of America Stadium, where President Obama is scheduled to give a speech formally accepting his party’s nomination.

The Charlotte Area Transit System plans to lease space at Mint and Third Streets on what is now an empty lot.

The transit system plans to install temporary bus bays; temporary signage; restrooms; and an air-conditioned tent, said Olaf Kinard, who heads up the marketing and communications division for CATS.

“We’ll also have safety and security,” Kinard said.

The transit system also plans to have shuttle buses to bring passengers to and from the light-rail line to the temporary transit center.

The city is receiving a $50 million federal security grant for the convention, and the local host committee has been tasked with raising roughly $37 million for the DNC.

It’s unclear if any of that money will be used to pay for relocation.

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