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 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 on March 16, 2018.
LYNX Blue Line Extension
​Construction information 
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