Blue Line Extension


​​​LYNX Blue Line Extension

The Blue Line Extension is an extension of the successful LYNX Blue Line light rail service that is currently under construction.  The 9.3-mile alignment extends from 7th Street Station in Center City through the NoDA (North Davidson) and University areas, terminating on the UNC Charlotte campus. By including the LYNX Blue Line Extension in a comprehensive transportation system that includes roads, buses, streetcar and light rail we can offer​ more transportation choices and alternatives to traffic congestion.​



The Blue Line Extension performed the first “Live Wire” test on Monday, May 22.  The overhead catenary system (OCS) that powers the system was energized and trains ran on their own power at about 5 to 10 mph from the North Yard facility to the Old Concord Rd bridge. The test was to confirm that the electrical connection with the catenary system will properly power the train along the alignment. This was the first time a light rail vehicle traveled on the BLE tracks north of the North Yard. With trains running in new areas of Charlotte, safety is everyone’s responsibility! Remember:

  • Any time is train time, testing can occur any time, seven days a week.
  • Never drive around lowered crossing gates. It is illegal and dangerous.
  • Obey all traffic signals and signs.
  • Cross only at designated crosswalks.
  • Keep away from all overhead wires that power trains.

Check out the Visual Ride!


Public Meetings

The Blue Line Extension project team will hold public meetings to inform the community on progress of the light rail extension, answer questions, and share the overall vision for the Blue Line Extension alignment.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Sugaw Creek Church
101 W. Sugar Creek Road
Charlotte, NC 28213

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
11:00 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Charlotte Main Library
300 E. 7th Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
Drop-in session only.

Thursday, October 12, 2017
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
University of North Carolina Charlotte
Cone University Center, Lucas Room
9025 University Road
Charlotte, NC 28262

When accessing campus from the Main Entrance, go straight through the traffic circle to stay on Broadrick Blvd, take a left on to University Road. Parking for the Cone Center can be accessed by taking the next right. Please park in guest parking spots. Standard parking fees will apply. ​

Public meetings will be open house forum style. A presentation will be given 15 minutes after start time.

The meetings will also be streaming on Facebook Live at​

The Blue Line Extension holds a series of public meetings twice a year to keep Charlotte informed about the work and progression of the BLE. Questions? Contact us at:​​

Check out CATS’ BLE video of the future LYNX Blue Line Extension (BLE) light rail project. Follow the alignment and hear about the connections light rail brings to Charlotte. The BLE is expected to open for service in 2018.
LYNX Blue Line Extension 

LYNX Blue Line Extension
​Construction information 

Click the link below to download an alignment map and facts on the project:





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If you have any questions, please click here to submit them to CATS Customer Service and staff will respond or you may also call 704-336-7433 (RIDE).