CHARLOTTE, NC — Residents of north Charlotte will finally see a light rail train running on almost 10 miles of track in a little over a week as city officials begin testing the Blue Line extension aimed at easing traffic congestion.
The LYNX Blue Line extension will extend light rail service from the 7th Street Station, through NoDa and the University areas, ending at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte campus.
Pre-revenue service testing will begin on the line Jan. 21, as Charlotte Area Transit System simulates fare service from the I-485 station to UNCC. During this test period, the train will stop at all stations to mimic passengers getting on and off, however no passengers will be on board.
Full passenger service will begin Friday, March 16. The launch date will be in time for the first day of the NCAA men’s Division I college basketball tournament in uptown, WFAE said.
Trains will run every 7.5 minutes during peak periods and the train ride from the 7th Street Station through 11 stations to UNCC will take about 22 minutes, WFAE said.
WATCH: Blue Line Extension Visual Ride Along
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Main photo courtesy of the City of Charlotte