Blue Line Extension

Michael Fleming takes a photo of his NoDa apartment building from the Blue Line light rail train during a test ride Tuesday.
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Updated Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018
The Lynx Blue Line extension from uptown to UNC Charlotte opens in just a month. CATS has been running empty trains on the new light rail tracks since January. On Tuesday, a few citizens were the first to try it out, and they're already imagining the possibilities.

 Blue Line Extension train
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Though it's not set to officially open until March, trains will begin running along the Lynx Blue Line Extension Monday between uptown and UNC Charlotte.  There will not be any passengers on board though.  CATS says it’s running a simulation of the extended line. 

CATS Blue Line light rail extension will open March 16, running from 7th Street Statoin uptown (shown here) to UNC Charlotte.
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CATS says the long-awaited Blue Line light rail extension from uptown to UNC Charlotte will open Friday, March, 16. That's just in time for the opening games of the NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Hornets' arena uptown.

CATS Begins Blue Line Extension Testing

Jun 8, 2017
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You may see Blue Line Extension trains going up and down North Tryon, but they’re not picking up passengers, Charlotte Area Transit is just testing the tracks.

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Construction on the Lynx Blue Line Extension is hitting some final milestones.  The last round of paving will begin this week on North Tryon Street next to the light rail line. And don’t be surprised if you start to see trains testing soon.

Here’s what’s in the headlines at midday Monday here on WFAE:  

Charlotte Area Transit System is asking Charlotte City Council to approve another $25 million for the Lynx Blue Line Extension. The project extends the light rail line nine miles from uptown to UNC Charlotte.

Workers lift a girder into place for the Lynx Blue Line Extension over Harris Boulevard in February 2016.
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Charlotte Area Transit System said Monday the Lynx Blue Line Extension won't open for service in August as originally planned. Instead, the 9.3 mile line from uptown to UNC Charlotte will open seven months later - in March 2018. 

CATS CEO John Lewis announced the bus system overhaul at the Transit Center uptown Tuesday.
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CATS announced Monday a seven-month delay for the opening of the light rail Blue Line Extension from uptown to UNC-Charlotte. The line is now scheduled to open next March.  The completion will wrap up more than a decade of work on the light rail line. So what's next for Charlotte Area Transit System? Three more transit lines to be built all at once, says CATS CEO John Lewis. At least that’s his goal. WFAE's David Boraks has more.

CATS CEO John Lewis announced the bus system overhaul at the Transit Center uptown Tuesday.
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Charlotte Area Transit System has begun planning for an overhaul of the region's bus system. CATS CEO John Lewis says the goal of the Envision My Ride effort is to reach more people, increase the frequency of buses, and cut travel times.

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Many business owners in the University City area say they are hurting because of construction underway for the Charlotte Area Transit System’s Lynx Blue Line extension. Some proprietors say since rail work began in 2013, their profits have been down because of frequent road closures and traffic pattern changes.

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