LYNX Blue Line Extension

Charlotte, North Carolina


Connecting uptown Charlotte to the University of North Carolina


HNTB is construction manager for the Charlotte Area Transit System’s Blue Line Extension. The project will extend approximately 9 miles and consist of double-track-light-rail road bed, 11 transit stations, including seven walk-up stations and four stations with park-and-ride facilities, three parking garages, new traction power substations, state-of-the-art communications systems and new central control.

Most of the alignment will be at-grade; however, there will be separations of major streets, environmental features or railroad tracks. All remaining alignment roadway crossings will be at-grade with appropriate crossing protection.

After completion, the LYNX Blue Line Extension will connect 20 miles of the city. The project, expected to nearly double 2035 ridership projections, will provide a direct connection from Uptown Charlotte to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte campus in 22 minutes. It is the biggest transit project in the history of CATS and the region.