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City Edition April 2014

City Soliciting Citizen Input for City Slogan
Collection changes for Easter holiday
WSTA Unveils “NextBus” GPS Bus Location Service
Human Relations Commission Initiates “Breaking Barriers Award”
Winston-Salem Joins Homeless Veteran Leadership Network
City and Dash Negotiating New Lease for BB&T Ballpark
Rock the Block Concluding, Having Served Its Purpose

City Soliciting Citizen Input for City Slogan

The City Council is soliciting citizen suggestions for a city slogan that, among other uses, would be displayed under the N.C. DOT’s “Welcome to Winston-Salem” signs on major roads and highways.

Citizens with a suggestion can submit by phone or internet between March 31 and April 4. Citizens can suggest a motto already in use or submit an original proposal. Proposals should be submitted online at or phoned into to the citizen feedback line, 734-1400.

Send your suggestion to us via a web form!

Collection changes for Easter holiday

City offices will be closed Friday, April 18 for the Easter holiday. CityLink, the city’s 24-hour citizen service call center, will be open to assist citizens. Garbage collections scheduled for Friday, April 18, will be held Monday, April 21. All other garbage collections the week of April 21, as well as yard-waste and rollout recycling collections, will not be affected.

WSTA Unveils “NextBus” GPS Bus Location Service

The Winston-Salem Transit Authority is harnessing the latest GPS technology to give bus riders the ability to track the location of WSTA buses in real time and receive alerts on their smart phone, tablet or computer when the bus is about to arrive at their stop.

The system, created by Next Bus, eliminates much of the uncertainty associated with bus riding. Riders simply go to WTSA website ( and select their route, direction and stop from drop down menus on the home page to receive an estimate of the time before the next bus reaches that stop.

Links on the home page allow users to go the Next Bus mobile app, set up automatic alerts by email or text, and view a live map that tracks the buses as they travel on their routes.

An automated telephone system allows passengers to call (336) 778-3876 and enter their stop ID location to get highly accurate predicted bus arrival times at any WSTA bus stop locations. (Stop IDs can be found by selecting a stop from the home page drop-down menu.)

NextBus uses GPS technology and a proprietary algorithm that incorporates historical travel data to track vehicles and predict vehicle arrival time. By taking into account the actual position of the buses, their intended stops, and typical traffic patterns, NextBus can estimate vehicle arrivals with a high degree of accuracy. This estimate is refreshed constantly to provide riders with up-to-the-minute information.

Short look at the NextBus service [video]

WSTA website

Human Relations Commission Initiates “Breaking Barriers Award”

The Human Relations Commission will highlight observance of Fair Housing Month in April by presenting its inaugural Breaking Barriers Award to the Winston-Salem office of the Legal Aid Society of North Carolina Inc.

Legal Aid is being honored for its continuing, positive efforts to support the fair housing choices and rights of those with limited incomes. Legal Aid will be recognized at the city’s annual Fair and Affordable Housing Summit on April 17.

The Breaking Barriers Award will be presented annually to a community agency, organization, business, or non-profit that promotes fair housing opportunity through such actions as creating affordable fair housing choices for all, educating the community about fair housing rights and removing impediments to renting or purchasing safe and decent housing. ....Read more about Breaking Barriers

NextBus screen shot of map

Winston-Salem Joins Homeless Veteran Leadership Network

Winston-Salem is among the 16 founding cities in the Homeless Veteran Leadership Network, an initiative organized by the National League of Cities challenging cities to end veteran homelessness by 2015.

Winston-Salem has been actively working to reduce homelessness through the efforts of the Ten-Year Plan Commission, an advisory board appointed by the City Council and the Forsyth County Commissioners to implement the recommendations of the Ten-Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness. The plan was adopted in 2006. The United Way of Forsyth County provides staff support for the commission and oversees its day-to-day activities. ...Read more about the Network

City and Dash Negotiating New Lease for BB&T Ballpark; Chicago White Sox Part of Investment Group That Would Become Majority Owner of Dash

The city and the Winston-Salem Dash are in negotiations on a new 25-year lease on BB&T Ballpark that includes provisions to restructure the debt on the baseball stadium to better protect the city’s investment.

As part of this new lease structure, the Chicago White Sox would be part of a new ownership group of the Dash that will invest more than $7 million, which will be used in part to pay down the existing debt on the ballpark. .......Read more about the ballpark.

Rock the Block Concluding, Having Served Its Purpose

Rock the Block, the downtown street festival originally started to showcase downtown improvements, will no longer be produced by the city. Its place on the third weekend in September will be taken by a new downtown festival that is being organized by a local corporation.

The decision to end Rock the Block after an 11-year run was influenced by several factors, said Ed McNeal, the city’s director of marketing and communications, including the simple fact that the festival had served its purpose. ...Read more about Moonlight Madness 5K Run

City Edition April 2014 

For more information about these stories, or to report problem or request services, call CityLink at (336) 727-8000 or 311 in Winston-Salem.

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