The long wait is over.
I grew up near UNCC in north Charlotte, moved to Washington DC in 2007 when the first run of the Charlotte’s FIRST public rail system, LYNX Blue Line, debuted (serving the southern side of Charlotte), and then I moved to a huge metropolis of 9.9 million, the super-train-friendly Seoul, South Korea in 2010. From DC to SK and needless to say, Charlotte didn’t teach me a thing about public rail transportation — but here I am in 2018 discussing the opening of it’s first completed public rail line — serving Charlotte top to bottom!
What an exciting time for our city!
On March 16th 2018, Charlotte will finally have a fully-operational public rail system that will connect communities north of Uptown to communities south of Uptown — and just in time to bypass the heavy construction of 77 and 277 (amiright?)
To add to this hometown excitement — I just happen to be the Director of Marketing for Rite Lite Signs, a local metal fabrication facility that fabricated and installed Neighboring Concept’s landmark metal art onto the J.W. Clay parking deck, a park-n-ride center on the new LYNX Blue Line Extension serving the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) and the booming local communities of the University Area in Northern Charlotte. Not only do we get to witness this great evolution to our city, we are apart of it!
The installation of the LYNX Blue Line Extension took some patience from everyone involved, including the commuters of N. Tryon Street (49). As the tracks were being laid: bridges were built, tunnels were dug, and commuter routes were blocked and redirected for two years of construction.
Introducing: The J.W. Clay Light Show
Time-Lapse Fabrication of J.W. Clay Parking Deck