CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- He has moved the crowds at Super Bowls, the Olympics and three Democratic conventions.Now, Brian Wickersham is ready to move 35,000 people through the streets of Charlotte.
Wickersham is director of transportation for the Democratic National Convention. This is going to be nice in that Charlotte is a mid-size city, will be a little less traffic to contend with as opposed to the convention we did in L.A. a few years back, said Wickersham.
There are challenges in Charlotte.Convention activities will begin at Charlotte Motor Speedway, move to Time Warner Cable Arena and end with President Obama s acceptance speech at Bank of America Stadium. Wickersham said, In essence, we're going to have to create almost three different transportation plans.
Wickersham s primary goals are a safe, reliable ride for visitors with as little impact on locals as possible. It's a complex shuttle system that we'll create with various hotels.We're looking to have anywhere from 250 to 275 buses which will reduce the number of cars on the road during that time.
The Democratic National Convention Committee is looking for a transportation event management company and will be accepting proposals later this week.The hope is the event manager will partner with local bus companies to provide transportation.If you are interested in bidding later this week, go to the DNCC s vendor director at www.demconvention.com.