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View from a train at 36th Street Station in NoDa
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A street connecting two busy north Charlotte roads in NODA will remain closed at least through October 31.

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The Charlotte Area Transit System will make service adjustments on more than 20 bus routes, changing the transit schedule for those routes beginning Oct.1.

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It's been five months since the light rail extension debuted in north Charlotte. The $1.2 billion project was heralded as the future of Charlotte transportation and a step toward avoiding traffic congestion. But some drivers say the extension has made traffic worse, particularly along North Tryon Street. 

A LYNX Blue Line Train at 9th Street Station uptown. CATS is trying to figure out how to pay for expanding the transit system north, west and southeast of uptown.
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The head of Charlotte Area Transit System says property owners and other private partners will be needed to help pay for the estimated $6-8 billion in transit projects he wants to complete by 2030.

A conceptual drawing of what the Gateway Station could look like, from a November study.
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City officials say they'll will seek proposals later this summer for a mixed-use "station district" development next to passenger rail tracks now under construction uptown.  A private developer could be chosen by the end of the year.

Phase 1 of the project begins this summer, and will include track and bridge work, including a 2,000-foot platform.
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City officials will break ground Friday morning on a project that eventually will bring passenger trains downtown for the first time since 1962.  Work is already underway on the $90 million first phase of the Gateway Station. 

New lines would expand the Lynx system north and west of Charlotte. CATS plans meetings on how to link new lines with existing ones, including the Lynx Blue Line (photo).
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Charlotte Area Transit System is considering new options for extending transit lines north and west of the city, and for tying them all together with existing lines uptown. There are a few surprises.

A LYNX Blue Line Train at 9th Street Station uptown. CATS is trying to figure out how to pay for expanding the transit system north, west and southeast of uptown.
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Charlotte Area Transit System says damage to overhead power lines early Monday morning has interrupted service on the Blue Line light rail between UNC Charlotte and McCullough stations in northeast Charlotte.  

CATS lost about $3.2 million in state funding for public transit in the new state budget.
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State funding for public transportation was cut 26 percent in the budget passed last month by the Republican-controlled General Assembly. That has local agencies like Charlotte Area Transit System scrambling to replace the funds.

Charlotte Area Transit System plans changes to 20 bus routes in October.
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Charlotte Area Transit System plans a series of public meetings over the next three weeks on bus route changes that take effect in October.  

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Fewer people are using public transit in Charlotte. The drop has been noticeable over several months. For example, in February, the Charlotte Area Transit System’s ridership fell 20 percent compared with February of 2017. Nearly all other major cities are also seeing drops, but not as steep as Charlotte’s, according to federal data analyzed by TransitCenter, an advocacy group.

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Charlotte Area Transit System has announced a four-month delay of its plan to discontinue a bus route from north Charlotte to Charlotte-Douglas Airport.

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Charlotte Area Transit System says it’s partnering with ride-hailing service Lyft for passengers who are too far away from two of its light rail stations.

CATS has cut some bus routes and added others so fewer riders have to pass through the Transit Center uptown.
Charlotte Area Transit System

With last week's opening of the Lynx Blue Line Extension, Charlotte Area Transit System on Monday discontinued some bus routes and revised others so they connect with the light rail.

From left, Carolina Diaz, Eliana Diaz and Omar Cortes rode the Blue Line in northeast Charlotte on the first day.
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Trains were packed on the Lynx Blue Line Extension Friday morning as the $1.2 billion light rail line opened to the public for the first time. There was lots of pomp and circumstance, including ribbon cuttings, confetti cannons and free "First To Ride" T-shirts.

A Blue Line train approaches 9th Street Station uptown.
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At long last, opening day is here for the $1.2 billion CATS Blue Line Extension. After ceremonies Friday morning, the light rail line from uptown to UNC Charlotte is scheduled to open to the public at 10 a.m.

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Test trains are running again on the Blue Line light rail extension from uptown to northeast Charlotte, after problems with crossing gates forced a temporary halt Wednesday. Charlotte Area Transit System says the issue won't affect the planned March 16 start of service on the new line.

Michael Fleming takes a photo of his NoDa apartment building from the Blue Line light rail train during a test ride Tuesday.
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Updated Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018
The Lynx Blue Line extension from uptown to UNC Charlotte opens in just a month. CATS has been running empty trains on the new light rail tracks since January. On Tuesday, a few citizens were the first to try it out, and they're already imagining the possibilities.

 Blue Line Extension train
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Though it's not set to officially open until March, trains will begin running along the Lynx Blue Line Extension Monday between uptown and UNC Charlotte.  There will not be any passengers on board though.  CATS says it’s running a simulation of the extended line. 

An architect's drawing of the proposed Charlotte Gateway Station on West Trade Street.
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Charlotte Area Transit System and NCDOT have lined up funding and nearly completed design work on the on the planned Charlotte Gateway Station uptown.  Planning for the  project began more than a decade ago. The idea is to put passenger rail, the Gold Line streetcar and local and intercity buses in one place.

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