Design work for the $1.6 billion Blue Line extension is more than 95 percent finished, and the city has closed on 261 of the 312 pieces of land it must buy for the light-rail line to University City, according to news reports from the Charlotte Observer.
Up next: the start of major construction, which is penciled in for March.
Work has recently started on moving underground utilities, building retaining walls and doing grading and drainage work for the line, according to a presentation to the Charlotte City Council on Monday.
When finished, the Charlotte Area Transit System’s Blue Line Extension will run from uptown to the UNC Charlotte campus, covering 9.3 miles.
Combined with the south line, it will give commuters nearly 19 connected miles of light-rail service from Pineville to the University area.
The current schedule calls for the line to be test-started in December 2016. It would open to the public in spring 2017.