CATS conducts ‘live wire’ test of Blue Line Extension
Recently, Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) officials conducted the first “live wire” test of the Blue Line Extension.
The overhead catenary system that powers the light rail trains was energized, and trains ran on their own power at about 10 miles per hour from the North Yard facility to the Old Concord Road bridge.
Officials stated the test was to confirm that the electrical connection with the catenary system would properly power the train along the alignment.
Photo: A light rail train arrives at the 36th Street Station as part of the "live wire" test.