CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Charlotte Area Transit System has begun prepping the site of its temporary transit center, which will be used Monday through Wednesday of next week during the Democratic National Convention.
The regular location is next to Time Warner Cable Arena. However, security concerns are shutting it down while the temporary location will be housed at W. 3rd Street and S. Mint Street.
Monday crews started installing floors, paths, customer service centers, air conditioned tents, picnic tables and restrooms. It’s a scale model version of the regular Transit Center.
"What we tried to do is replicate the amenities and the services that we have at the Transit Center to minimize the impact on our riders,” said John Trunk, CATS Director or Support Service.
There will be lights, all sorts of security and video cameras to keep riders safe, Trunk said.
All normal bus routes will run, but will have to go around DNC-related street closures.
CATS is getting the word out about the three-day change and say they don’t expect major inconveniences.
Several regular riders say they didn’t know the regular Transit Center would be off limits.
"People have to go to work. It's going to put a strain on their commute. So the DNC, I love it, but it's going to cause a lot of problems,” said bus rider Marcus Bigby.
Jennifer Chapman has the same concerns.
"It's just really going to back people up on time.”
Willie Lynch didn't know the transit center was closing during the DNC. He says he is all for it.
"It will be closer to where I have to get off the bus at,” Lynch said.
The regular Transit Center location will be back in business Thursday morning. At that point the temporary site will be turned over to the Charlotte Fire Department, so it can be near Bank of America Stadium for President Obama’s acceptance speech.
Federal grants are paying for the costs associated with opening a temporary CATS transit center.