LYNX Blue Line Extension to open mid-March

The LYNX Blue Line Extension will begin service on Mar. 16, 2018, according to the Charlotte Area Transit System. 

Pre-revenue service testing is scheduled to begin the week of Jan. 21. During this testing, CATS said they will simulate revenue service from I-485 Station to the UNC Charlotte Main Station. 

Light rail vehicles will stop at all stations mimicking passenger boarding/deboarding with active crossing signals; however, no passengers will ride the trains. Stations are not open to the public until Mar.16.

CATS said they've completed the majority of the required tests to begin pre-revenue service. This includes the testing of tracks, the overhead catenary system, and communications and signal systems. 

CATS will have two emergency drills in January including a bridge evacuation drill being coordinated with the Charlotte Fire Department and a full-scale emergency exercise.

CATS said this project remains under budget and meets the Federal Transit Administration’s full-funding grant agreement deadline of Mar. 31, 2018.