Transit officials are using the Internet to help us dream of a bright Blue Line future while avoiding some of the construction pain now. CATS recently launched a map at charlottefuture.com that shows the latest road and lane closures, bus detours and turning restrictions required to build the 9.3-mile light-rail line from UNC Charlotte to Center City.
a video glimpse of our future light-rail line
If it’s hard to imagine how two light-rail tracks could fit on North Tryon Street, check out this Blue Line Extension video by the city of Charlotte. You’ll see the line’s future path from Ninth Street to NoDa and then on to North Tryon Street, plus detailed animations of key BLE features, such as the earthen berms and bridge that will carry the tracks of Harris Boulevard. You’ll also learn how the original LYNX Blue Line from Center City to south Charlotte has transformed that area and why community leaders expect the same new development here.
North Carolina’s transportation department has its own light-rail video. The state legislature approved several hundred million dollars to help build the lines. Not surprisingly, this 4-minute video examines the economic benefits of Charlotte’s Blue Line and Blue Line Extension. View it here >> Blue Line Extension
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