The 9.3 mile extension of the existing Blue Line light rail line will provide service from Center City Charlotte, to a terminus on the University of North Carolina (UNC) Charlotte campus. This extension connects with the existing LYNX Blue Line at the existing 7th Street Station in Center City Charlotte and will create an 18.6-mile north/south rapid transit line. The Blue Line Extension (BLE) will include 11 new light rail stations, with approximately 3,100 parking spaces at four stations with parking facilities. The BLE also includes approximately 20 at-grade crossings and approximately 11 grade separation structures over or under roads, railroads, and environmental features.
MRS is responsible to design, furnish and install the signal and communications systems. Signal system installation has begun and will be complete by the end of 2016. Crossing tests began in May 2016 and full signal system testing is slated for August 2016. Communication system fiber pulls will start in early July. MRS Substantial completion is slated for the second quarter of 2017.