Charlotte’s Light Rail Extension Officially Opening To The Public Today


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) will take the first official ‘revenue service’ trip at 10am on March 16th.

The finished Blue Line (including the new extension) now spans 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.

Are you excited about the new light rail extension?