LYNX Blue Line celebrates its 10th Anniversary and more than 48 millon customers!
See what it took to bring the first light rail to North Carolina:
Early 1988: A Charlotte City light rail/mass transit task force emerges and uses a combination of local, state and federal funds for an $185,000 initial study to investigate a future light rail system.
December 1988: Study revealed a 77-mile system encompassing a loop around Uptown Charlotte and eight separate corridors radiating out from the city center. The cost was estimated to be more than four times the amount of bonds approved by voters earlier that year.
January – June 1998: Public involvement process carries out to develop the 2025 Integrated Transit/Land- Use Plan.
November 1998: Fifty-eight percent of the voters in Mecklenburg County approved a one-half cent sales tax to be utilized in the implementation of the 2025 Integrated Transit/Land-Use Plan, which included development of a light rail system.
February 2000: The Charlotte Area Transit System, CATS, is formed and light rail is chosen as the preferred alternative for the South Corridor.
May 2000: Major Investment Study begins on the rapid transit corridors.
November 2002: The 2025 Transit Corridor System plan is approved.
May 2003: Record of Decision for South Corridor Light Rail Project. South Corridor Light Rail Project Final Environmental Impact Study (FEIS) issued.
June 2003: Received State Full Funding Grant Agreement from the state of North Carolina for the South Corridor Light Rail Project.
March 2004: Purchased 16 Siemens Light Rail Vehicles.
August 2004: CATS submits application for the Federal Transit Administration for Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA).
September 2004: North, Northeast, West and Southeast Corridors conduct public meetings to alignment and stations locations.
Feb. 26, 2005: Official groundbreaking for the South Corridor Light Rail Line.
February 2006: CATS unveils LYNX as the official name of for its rapid transit services. The name LYNX implies speed, convenience and connectivity.
May 2005: CATS receives Federal Full Funding Grant Agreement for the South Corridor Light Rail Project.
June 2006: First of 16 Siemen light rail vehicles arrive.
Nov. 24, 2007: LYNX opens to the public with over 100,000 customers for opening weekend.
Early 2008: Average weekday ridership reaches 18,600 – double first-year projections and ahead of 2025 projections.
December 2009: Ridership on the LYNX Blue Line surpasses 10 Million.
December 2011: Record of Decision received for the LYNX Blue Line Extension, allowing the project to enter into the final design phase.
April 2012: Received State Full Funding Grant Agreement from the state of North Carolina for the South Corridor Light Rail Project.
October 2012: CATS receives Federal Full Funding Grant Agreement for the LYNX Blue Line Extension.
November 2012: LYNX celebrates five years of service and its 24.4-millionth customer.
July 2013: Construction on the LYNX Blue Line Extension begins.
November 27, 2017: LYNX celebrates its 10th anniversary and more than 48 millon customers!
CATS will be out at 3rd Street Station on Monday, Nov. 27, from 8 to 10 a.m. offering treats, gifts and more.
Come by and say hi!