Opening Of LYNX Blue Line Extension Delayed Until 2018

CHARLOTTE, NC — The Charlotte-Area Transit System (CATS) announced Monday that the LYNX Blue Line Extension, previously scheduled to open in August, will not open until March 2018.

Multiple testing procedures, system reviews, and construction coordination challenges were cited in a release Monday as reasons for the delay. Officials say that the project is still below its budget of $1.16 billion, and any any additional costs due to the delay should not change that.

CATS says they will continue to seek time saving measures that will possibly allow an opening before March 2018. Officials say the BLE must open before that time in order to comply with the Federal Full Funding Grant Agreement with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).

“CATS is truly eager to deliver the next phase of the 2030 Transit Corridor System Plan to the Charlotte region. The Blue Line Extension will provide key connections between Uptown Charlotte and UNC Charlotte, and we are grateful for the public’s patience as we work to do that. A strong transit system that offers a variety of mobility options is important for the economic well-being and quality of life in a growing region like the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community. We are committed to moving the region forward with this light rail project,” said John Lewis, Jr., CEO of CATS.

You can read the full release from CATS here: LYNX Blue Line Extension Status Update