The Blue Line Extension extends from Ninth Street in Center City through the North Davidson (NoDa) and University areas to UNC Charlotte. The service will operate generally within the existing railroad right of way from Center City to NoDa and then remain within the North Tryon Street (US 29) right of way from Old Concord Road north, terminating on the UNC Charlotte campus.
Trains will operate seven days a week from 5:00 a.m. until 1:00 a.m. and the fare will equal the cost of local bus fare. Trains will arrive at stations every 10 minutes during rush hour and every 15 minutes during non-peak hours. The line is scheduled to begin operations in 2017.
Blue Line Extension Alignment Map (revised January 2011)
Go to the BLE Alignment Maps page to view real estate and project layout maps at 65% design.
The BLE Continues to Move Forward!!
Federal Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA):
On October 16, 2012, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Administrator Peter Rogoff, City of Charlotte Mayor Foxx, Metropolitan Transit Commission Chair Harold Cogdell, CATS CEO Carolyn Flowers and state and local leaders celebrated the receipt of a Federal Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA) for the BLE. The Federal FFGA will provide 50 percent of the project costs for the BLE and is the last major funding source needed to advance the project towards construction.
Entry into Final Design:
In July 2012, the FTA approved entry into Final Design. This milestone allows the project to be developed from the 65 percent to the 100 percent design level and complete preparation of final construction plans, right-of-way acquisition, construction cost estimates, bid documents and utility relocation.
BLE Entry into Final Design Signed by FTA July 2012.pdf
The next major step is attaining an FFGA from FTA, which means the federal government would fund half of the cost needed to build the Blue Line Extension. State and local funds would make up the remaining half.
Record of Decision (ROD):
In December 2011, FTA signed and issued the Record of Decision (ROD) on the LYNX Blue Line Extension Project. The ROD is a major milestone in the federal process. The ROD is a report that states FTA's determination that NEPA has been completed for the project. The ROD describes the basis for FTA's decision, identifies alternatives that were considered, and summarizes specific mitigation measures that will be incorporated into the project.
BLE Record of Decision Signed by FTA December 2011.pdf
Light Rail Stations
Eleven light rail stations are proposed for the LYNX Blue Line Extension rapid transit alignment based on initial identification in the Major Investment Study (MIS) completed in 1998 and further studies during the current Preliminary Engineering study phase. Station locations are based on access, site characteristics, compatibility with surrounding development, potential development and public comments. Most stations will be serviced by CATS' bus network.
All stations will have canopy coverage, covered ticket vending machines (TVMs), system and area maps, train and bus schedules, public art, bicycle storage, benches, trash receptacles and security features.