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Charlotte Transit-Alcohol Ads Alcohol ad approved for Charlotte light-rail train

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - An alcohol advertisement will soon cover part of a Charlotte light-rail train after the idea was approved by the city's transit commission.

The Charlotte Observer reports (http://bit.ly/So09tV) that the Metropolitan Transit Commission voted unanimously Wednesday night to move forward with two alcohol ads that previously had pending contracts. The commission also said it would wait 30 days before signing new alcohol ads.

Charlotte Mayor Pro Tem Patrick Cannon said he was upset by the decision. Cannon said he's concerned about the impact of alcohol ads on children and people trying to stop drinking.

In 2000, the Charlotte Area Transit System decided against all transit advertising. But in 2010, the MTC voted to allow most commercial advertising on light-rail trains and buses. Last May, the commission repealed the alcohol ban.

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Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com

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