The new $1.1 billion LYNX Blue Line Extension (BLE) saw its official groundbreaking on July 23rd 2013 – now almost 5 years later, it’s finally opening to the public.
CATS (Charlotte Area Transit System) and the city are currently in the final stages of testing and will take the first official ‘revenue service’ trip on March 16th.
The City of Charlotte made the announcement yesterday on social media;
BIG NEWS@BLEupdates revenue service begins March 16, 2018. Pre-revenue service testing begins the week of Jan. 21. During testing, @CATSRideTransit will simulate service from the I-485 Station to the @unccharlotte Main Station. pic.twitter.com/IO3uec9FQn
— City of Charlotte (@CLTgov) January 9, 2018
The finished Blue Line (including the new extension) will span the entire diameter of Charlotte, about 19 total miles from South Blvd. and 485 in the SouthWest to UNCC in the NorthEast.
The original line was 9.6 miles and the new extension will add an additional 9.3 miles to the total length.
The city recently released this high-speed video tour of the completed Blue Line Extension;
The new line will feature a total of 11 stations and 4 large park-and-ride structures with over 3,100 total parking spaces (2 of them are directly across from UNCC on Tryon St.). It’s expected to carry an average of 25,000 riders per day.
You can follow the continued progress here on the Extension’s Update Facebook Page.
Are you excited about the new light rail extension?