Elevated Stretch

The inner portion of the LYNX Blue Line is built along an abandoned Norfolk Southern right of way acquired by the city of Charlotte in the 1980s.  Much of the outer portion, such as this stretch near the Tyvola station, is constructed parallel to still-active freight rails.  At four stations, Tyvola, Archdale, Woodlawn and Arrowood, overpasses take light rail over city streets and in this case, also over a  diverging freight route.  There are a fair number of grade crossings along the surface sections of the transit line. 

All the stations on the outer portion of the route have free park-and-ride lots adjacent to them.  The regular fare to ride the line is $1.30, with all-day passes available for four dollars.  The system utilizes the typical fare machine system, with tickets dispensed at units on the station platforms, and proof of payment required for valid entry. 

CATS service territory includes Mecklenburg County and beyond.  An ambitious public transportation plan envisions addition LYNX light rail routes, and a northern extension to the Blue Line, as well as commuter rail and new streetcar routes. 

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