CATS to temporarily close LYNX Blue Line to finish construction

- Charlotte Area Transit System will temporarily close LYNX Blue Line service to complete work necessary for the Blue Line Extension (BLE) and Blue Line Capacity Expansion (BLCE) projects, along with other line maintenance for the second weekend: May 7-8. 

No trains will operate Saturday and Sunday of the listed weekends.  CATS will operate LYNX Connector bus service to each station along the LYNX Blue Line except the 7th Street Station. 

Officials said a major piece of work to be performed is the replacement and drainage repair of the grade crossing panel at southbound South Boulevard and Clanton Road.

Work on the overhead catenary system, the 750v line that light rail cars draw power from, will be done for the BLE and BLCE projects.

Rail Maintenance of Way will complete scheduled track work and preventative maintenance inspections. CATS Facilities will complete major maintenance projects such as tree trimming, replacing light fixtures, painting, graffiti removal and detailed cleaning of all platforms.

During the closure, riders can use LYNX Connector bus service to travel to destinations adjacent to the LYNX Blue Line. 

Specific information on the LYNX Connector bus service will be available on the CATS website, via electronic riders alerts, and on every bus and train through printed riders alerts, as well as contacting CATS Customer Service at 704-RIDE (7433).

Riders will still be able to purchase a ticket from LYNX station ticket vending machines, use a pass, transfer or have exact change for the bus farebox.

To learn more about CATS and its projects and services, visit or call 704-336-RIDE (7433).

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