Light rail outages cause frustration on Hornets opening night

- The light rail system near the Spectrum Center was still down Wednesday evening, causing some frustration for fans trying to get to the season opener. 

Some we spoke with say they had to add in extra time for the trip to the Hornets first game.

Others showed up not even knowing the system was down and they wound up being delayed more than an hour.

It's supposed to be one of the busiest parts of any basketball game downtown the light rail station outside the Spectrum Center was not an option. Parking decks were packed and so were the buses.  

“We didn't know until we got on the train. We heard the announcement that it only went to 36th St.,” Hornets fan David Handy said. 

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Handy was with a friend heading to the game when he was caught off-guard, expecting Lynx to take him into uptown.

“The announcements once we got there, waiting for the train, weren't very clear,” Handy said. 

For them, it wound up being a delay that took more than an hour to deal with and it's something we took up with city leaders tonight.    

At a transportation planning commission councilman Greg Phipps serves northeast charlotte, and told us the damage to the power and communication lines on the lynx system, which has led to the partial closure, was something that even caught them off-guard.

“the damage that happened was a surprise and it taking another week or so. That is concerning,"  Charlotte City Councilman Greg Phipps said. 

CATS officials tell FOX 46 the damage is forcing the replacement of a hundred miles of line, and to do it, and do it safely, it will take time.

“It’s not going to a perpetual thing, hopefully,” Councilman Phipps said. 

City leaders also talked about a new Lynx station in the planning stages between the East-West station and New Bern station with the line is being used more. 

“I’m surprised we have the capacity to do it,” said Phipps.

It's a lesson learned for some fans, but this goes to drive home a point that not everyone knows yet about the Lynx closure, especially those who don't use it regularly.

City officials are urging people to get the word out to others at least for the next week.

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