Updated 09/03/2012 06:51 PM
Riders frustrated as DNC events push light rail system to its limit
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- As expected, it's getting more and more difficult to get around Charlotte.
The light rail was at capacity throughout the day Monday, taking the masses to and from CarolinaFest. CATS has ambassadors at every stop, dressed in neon yellow shirts, but riders we spoke to say parking was difficult to find and many fought just to get a spot inside a car.
"Seems to be the first time for a lot of people. We have a lot of visitors in town so we just had to be patient," said rider Sonia Smith.
"These machines, they take much too long to actually buy a ticket, which in most subways and train stations, buying a ticket is a very quick thing," added fellow rider David Griffith.
Transit officials say the trains ran on time Monday. Looking ahead to the president's speech on Thursday, they remind riders the free bus park and ride stops are another option to get Uptown.