CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - You will finally be able to get across Charlotte in a flash.
The Lynx Blue Line will at last be up and running. Between planning and construction, this project was a decade in the making and as of 10 a.m. Friday people can get from UNC Charlotte to uptown in about 20 minutes.
"I'm really excited to go from Panthers games, from walking there, going down visiting all the bars and breweries and to the game, and just being able to open up the city a lot more," one Charlottean said.
Excitement has been building for months leading up to the opening of the 9.3 mile extension of the Blue Line.
"We've moved at another level in this country to be a city that has mass transit as an option," said Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles.
CATS expects an additional 25,000 people to eventually take the light-rail everyday. The $1.16 billion project adds 11 stations running through the NODA, Eastway, Newell South, Autumnwood, and University City neighborhoods.
"I live pretty close to uptown, so Ubering is my preferred way but if I'm going to visit friends and they live close to a Blue Line area its definitely something I would use."
The project was stalled multiple times and earlier this year all of the security arms went down, stalling street traffic along the route. Those issues were fixed and it's now full steam ahead, officials said.