CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - The LYNX Blue Line light rail is operating on a modified service Tuesday due to the extensive damage to the overhead catenary system (OCS) caused by Hurricane Michael.
The LYNX Connector bus bridge that is currently in place will change to operate between Scaleybark Station and Sugar Creek Station, effective Tuesday morning, Oct. 16.
Trains will continue to operate between I-485/South Boulevard and New Bern Stations and from 36th Street Station to UNCC Main Station.
here’s what most of the morning has looked like for people getting off the scaleybark location and then waiting for a bus to connect them to 36th st or an express bus to take them to uptown @FOX46News pic.twitter.com/TjmtzW25Zx— Brandon Earl Smith (@BrandonFox46) October 16, 2018
According to CATS, the bus bridge change will provide a more efficient service, safer boarding locations and a better experience for customers. CATS is also working to establish a few Express buses that will travel to Uptown during morning and evening rush hours.
CATS said supervisors will be on site this week to help customers determine which trips will be express and which will visit each LYNX station.
"The OCS is vital to light rail service because it powers the trains and affects train communications. CATS has brought in contractors and heavy equipment to complete the extensive repairs, the Charlotte Transit System said. "Safety remains CATS’ top priority. Staff will continue to work diligently to ensure all repairs are made and complete service is restored as quickly and safely as possible."
CityLYNX Gold Line streetcar service will continue to be suspended while repairs are being made.
- Gold Line stations are accessible via CATS local bus service on routes 9-Central Avenue, 15-Randolph Road and 27-Monroe Road. Gold Line service is free; therefore, customers boarding at the bus stops within the service area can ride free of charge.
For more information about the LYNX Connector changes, bus bridge stops and routes 9, 15 and 27, visit ridetransit.org. Citizens can sign up to have rider alerts/updates emailed directly to them at ridetransit.org; click on the Notify Me icon.