The Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) is about to enter their final testing phase of their historic new Lynx Blue Line Extension up to University City. 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.
Last week, the UNCC Chancellor and several other Charlotte leaders took the first official test ride and today, the city released their official high-speed video tour of the 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.
The $1.1 billion light-rail extension is on schedule to open to the public next March.
You can follow the continued progress here on the Extension’s Update Facebook Page.
Are you excited about the new light rail extension?