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Charlotte bus riders urged to attend meetings on service changes

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Some bus riders may see changes in their schedules when Charlotte Area Transit System modifies several routes.

CATS is planning a series of open-house style meetings over the next few weeks to inform the public about the proposed changes in bus routes.

The meetings begin with two sessions later this morning.

Each meeting will have an open house format

People can drop in at the meetings any time.

They will be able to meet with CATS officials, ask questions and give feedback.

There are about 25 routes that will be affected.

A spokesperson for CATS said the changes are meant to improve service, spur economic development and help attract new customers.

Some of the major routes affected will be the ones that utilize Independence Boulevard as undergoes a widening project to become an expressway.

This project conducted by the North Carolina Department of Transportation, will start in the summer.

A CATS spokesperson tells me a total of six routes, starting from Albemarle and pass Conference Drive will be adjusted or eliminated.

When the NCDOT construction comes to a close, the current express lanes along this route will be extended for an extra mile.

Meaning an extra mile of non-stop service, on its own guided roadway, clear of traffic and congestions.

The schedule: Tuesday

• 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.: Charlotte Mecklenburg Main Library's Francis Auditorium, 310 N. Tryon St.; for changes on Routes 17, 40X, 46X, 51X, 64X, 65X, 74X, and Gold Rush.

• 5:30-7 p.m.: Hickory Grove library branch, 5935 Hickory Grove Road (at Harris Boulevard); for changes on Routes 9, 23, 29, 40X, 46X, 222.

Thursday

• 5:30-7 p.m.: Morrison Regional Library, 7015 Morrison Blvd.; for changes on Routes 18, 20, 29.

Feb. 25

• 5:30-7 p.m.: Matthews library branch, 230 Matthews Station St., for changes on Routes 17, 64X, 94 and a proposed new route.

March 5

• 6-7:30 p.m.: Independence Regional Library, 6000 Conference Drive; for changes on Routes 17, 51X, 64X, 65X, 74X and 221.

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