The Charlotte City Council Monday objected to a recent decision by the city’s transit system to allow alcohol advertisements on the outside of buses and trains, and asked that future beer and liquor ads be stopped. In need of more revenue, the Metropolitan Transit Commission in June voted unanimously to allow alcohol ads on Charlotte Area Transit System vehicles and trains.
Olaf Kinard, who is the CATS marketing manager, said two contracts for alcohol ads have already been signed by Titan Advertising. Those ads could make their debut on buses and trains next week – in time for the Democratic National Convention.
The MTC was created in the late 1990s to govern CATS and how the half-cent sales tax for mass transit is spent. The city has two members on the MTC – City Manager Curt Walton and Mayor Anthony Foxx.
Foxx said he didn’t attend the June meeting when the alcohol policy was approved.
Cedar's Take: Mayor Foxx didn't attend the meeting, and didn't bother to read the minutes of the meeting he missed where Curt "The Clown" Walton voted in favor of the beer and liquor ads on buses.
What the hell?
In a city that is constantly trying to prove how progressive and forward thinking we are and how we stack up against bigger cities our Mayor Foxx again fails to fulfill his role as an elected leader.
Where was Anthony Foxx when Charlotte fell off the wagon?
During Monday's City Council meeting Democrat David Howard said he was strongly against the advertising adding that he envisioned buses that look like the Coors Light “bullet train” .
Mr. Howard you don't need to "envision" because when Phoenix, Arizona amended its advertising policy in September of last year, Coors Light was the first alcohol advertiser and five train wraps were included with a contract signed by the city.
Here is a small sample of transit systems that prohibit beer and liquor ads on buses and trains:
Chicago Transit Authority
Bay Area Rapid Transit District
Golden Gate Transportation District
Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District
Alameda Contra Costa Transit District
San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency
Los Angeles County, Metropolitan Transport Authority
City & County of Honolulu Department of Transportation Services
Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon
Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority
Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority
King County Seattle Metro Transit Division\ Metropolitan
Transit Authority of Harris County Texas (Houston area)
Miami-Dade Transit Orange County Transportation Authority
Cedar Posts assumes the Mayors of the above cities actually attend the meetings where liquor ads are voted on.