Lynx Blue Line

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Charlotte Area Transit System will shut down the Lynx Blue Line light rail for two weekends over the next month for construction and repairs.  Blue Line trains won’t be running on Saturdays and Sundays, April 30-May 1, and May 7-8.

It’s the first complete shutdown since the Blue Line opened in 2007, CATS CEO John Lewis said Monday.

David Boraks / WFAE

Construction of the Charlotte Area Transit System’s Lynx Blue Line northeast extension is hitting another milestone this weekend, with work on a light rail bridge over Harris Boulevard. The project is on track for a mid-2017 opening and already is bringing change to the area.

CATS

Major construction of bridges and tracks for the blue line light rail extension will begin in the next few months. And with that, be ready to spend more time in traffic. Charlotte Area Transit System officials announced Friday that it's making a map available to give commuters a heads up on road and lane closures and turning restrictions during construction.

City Spends $12 Million In Hunt For Streetcar Grant

Jan 28, 2014
City of Charlotte

The quest for a cross-town streetcar continues. The Charlotte city council approved spending $12 million last night to pursue a federal grant to fund build-out of the streetcar.


Construction On Blue Line Extension Will Begin 2014

Dec 11, 2013
CATS

Bulldozers have been clawing at the sides of North Tryon for months now to make way for the Blue Line light rail extension.  

Construction on the blue line light rail extension is going to intensify in early 2014. CATS officials gave an update during a public workshop Tuesday night in the University area.


A Trifling Place, Episode 12: All The Queen's Cats

Sep 20, 2013
Ben Bradford / WFAE

Welcome to A Trifling Place, a podcast dedicated to exploring the ins-and-outs of Charlotte.


LYNX Blue Line Headed North

Jul 18, 2013
Julie Rose

It was a hot morning of back slapping and congratulations in Uptown Charlotte as city, state and federal officials broke ground on the Blue Line Extension. 

Governor Pat McCrory thanked everyone from President Bill Clinton to former Mayor Anthony Foxx for following through on funds to continue the transit plan initiated by a sales tax increase McCrory championed as Charlotte mayor in the 1990's.

McCrory Warns: Streetcar Could Risk Charlotte's Light Rail

Feb 1, 2013
File Photo / Charlotte Observer

Gov. Pat McCrory told two city of Charlotte staff members this week that state money for the light-rail extension to UNC Charlotte could be at risk if the city builds a controversial streetcar, according to a memo sent Thursday.

Without the N.C. Department of Transportation’s $250 million grant, the $1.1 billion Lynx Blue Line extension can’t be built to University City.