LYNX Blue Line Lightrail

LYNX Blue Line Light Rail

The LYNX Blue Line is the Charlotte region’s first light rail service. It is 9.6 miles long and operates from I-485 at South Boulevard to Uptown Charlotte. With 15 stations including seven park and ride locations, the LYNX Blue Line provides a congestion free commute with a consistent travel time. LYNX operates seven days a week. Weekday service operates from 5:26 a.m. to 1:26 a.m. and service is available every 10 minutes during weekday rush hour and every 15 minutes during non-peak hours. Weekend service operates every 20 minutes during the day and every 30 minutes during late night hours.

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Getting Started

  • Familiarize yourself with the LYNX Blue Line map and schedule to determine which station is closest to you.
  • Decide what time and which station you will need to catch the train to reach your destination. Many of CATS bus routes provide service to the LYNX Blue Line for easy access to stations.
  • Purchase a pass or ticket that best meets your needs.

The Way To Pay

  • The LYNX Blue Line operates as a proof of payment fare collection system. A valid pass or ticket is required to ride. Failure to possess a valid ticket or pass could result in a citation of $50.
  • All tickets must be date and time-stamped;
  • therefore, ten ride passes and STS yellow tickets are not valid on the LYNX Blue Line.
  • Cash is not accepted on LYNX – customers must have a ticket or pass.
  • Customers needing to purchase a ticket may purchase them from a Ticket Vending Machine (TVM) located at each station platform.
  • All ticket prices are posted on the TVM.

Riding A LYNX Train

  • Prior to the train arriving, an audio announcement will be broadcast on the station platform informing you of the approaching train’s destination.
  • Stand at least three feet from the tactile edge of the platform.
  • There is no need to flag down the train. In-service LYNX trains stop at every station.
  • Wait for the train to come to a complete stop, and let the doors open fully.
  • If the doors do not open automatically, push the flashing button in the center of the doors to activate them.
  • Allow passengers to exit before you board.
  • Find a seat or hold on tightly to a hand rail. Never lean against the doors.
  • Be prepared to show your valid pass or ticket should a CATS Fare Inspector request to see it.
  • Shortly before reaching your stop, gather your belongings and prepare to exit.
  • Move toward the doors and exit once they completely open. If the doors do not open automatically, push the flashing button in the center of the doors to activate them.
  • Upon exiting the train, move to a safe distance away from the vehicle so others can board.

LYNX Blue Line Extension

The Blue Line Extension (Northeast Corridor) is an extension of the successful LYNX Blue Line light rail service.  The 9.3-mile alignment extends from Ninth Street in Center City through the North Davidson (NoDa) and University areas, terminating on the UNC Charlotte campus. By including the LYNX Blue Line Extension in a comprehensive transportation system that includes roads, buses, bus rapid transit and commuter rail, we can offer more choices and alternatives to congestion on I-85.