LYNX Blue Line Operating Modified Service Until Further Notice

Date Published: 
Monday, October 15, 2018
Light rail repairs continue after hurricane Michael damage. Follows is then news release from From Charlotte Area Transit, UPDATED Tuesday, Oct. 16

Extensive Damage to Overhead Catenary System

Charlotte, N.C. – The LYNX Blue Line light rail will operate modified service for at least another week while repairs are made to the overhead catenary system (OCS). The OCS was damaged during Hurricane Michael last Thursday due to a tree falling on it near 12th Street.  CATS quickly restored partial service in both directions between I-485/South Boulevard and Scaleybark station and from Sugar Creek station to UNCC Main.  A bus bridge  is in place from Scaleybark to Sugar Creek stations. bit.ly/2yCkMx0

The OCS is vital to light rail service because it powers the trains and affects train communications. The portion of the OCS that was damaged included north and southbound overhead wires consisting of wire that is more than one-mile long. In addition, damage occurred to cantilevers, insulators and brackets.  Several OCS poles were also damaged and need to be replaced. Most importantly, no riders or employees were hurt. There was no damage to the tracks or vehicles.

CATS has brought in contractors and heavy equipment to complete the extensive repairs. Safety remains CATS’ top priority.  Staff will continue to work diligently to ensure all repairs are made and complete service is restored as quickly and safely as possible.  Prior to the return of full operation, CATS will conduct testing to ensure the system functions safely.  CATS is also identifying any other trees that might cause damage during future weather events.

CityLYNX Gold Line streetcar service will continue to be suspended while repairs are being made.  Streetcar vehicles cannot travel to Trade Street due to the LYNX Blue Line being inoperable between New Bern Station and the pocket track at 5th Street.  Gold Line stations are accessible via CATS local bus service on routes 9-Central Avenue, 15-Randolph Road and 27-Monroe Road. Gold Line service is free; therefore, customers boarding at the bus stops within the service area can ride free of charge.

For information on bus bridge stops and routes 9, 15 and 27 visit ridetransit.org.  Citizens can sign up to have rider alerts/updates emailed directly to them at ridetransit.org; click on the Notify Me icon.  Also, follow CATS on Twitter at @CATSRideTransit or call CATS Customer Service at 704-336-RIDE (7433) for up-to-date information.

 Photo from CATS Tweet of equipment used in replacing a large pole Photo of giant roll of wire used to replace demaged OCS