Maintenance to Create Longer Wait Times for Charlotte Light Rail Trains

CHARLOTTE, N.C.- Delays on Charlotte’s light rail could soon get worse. Fewer trains will be in the fleet because of needed repairs.

Wait times will get longer in April when CATS begins sending trains back to California for extensive mid-life mechanical overhauls.

During morning and afternoon rush hours, trains will go from operating every 7 1/2 minutes to every 9 minutes.

CATS says it could only sustain the 7 1/2 minute service because it had enough spare vehicles in its fleet.

Now that won’t be the case.

CATS says all 20 light rail vehicles should complete their mid-life overhaul in the next four years.