Charlotte streetcar service will be suspended this weekend

CATS will suspend service on the Blue and Gold Lines at 2 a.m. Saturday for routine maintenance it says will keep the tracks on schedule despite an ongoing labor shortage.

CHARLOTTE, NC — If you’re thinking of taking the light rail or streetcar this weekend, think again. The Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) suspends the service to perform routine upgrades.

And while the outage is inconvenient for those who enjoy taking the train, officials say it’s about making the experience more efficient in the long run.

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Every year, CATS closes the Blue and Gold lines for an entire weekend. The agency uses the time to do preventative and routine maintenance behind the scene. This is a significant milestone for an industry that has had a tough year for reliability.

CATS is already facing a huge labor shortage, which has led to a drop in train frequency and bus delays. The City of Charlotte announced Thursday that CEO John Lewis will step down in late November, which other city leaders said is “a long time coming.”

CATS wants to make sure that this weekend’s maintenance prevents any further issues from stopping the service. That’s why he works now to save a potentially devastating commute later.

This weekend, rail service will end at 2 a.m. Saturday. It will resume just in time for the Monday morning trip.

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