CATS conducts ‘live wire’ test of Blue Line Extension

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

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.

More information about CATS and the Blue Line Extension is on the web; for details on how light rail will connect the University to UNC Charlotte Center City and points south, click here.


Photo: A light rail train arrives at the 36th Street Station as part of the "live wire" test.