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Part of LYNX Blue Line light rail still not running; delays expected during rush hour

Equipment on the light rail track is causing significant delays Tuesday for the LYNX Blue Line in Charlotte between the New Bern and Archdale stations.
Equipment on the light rail track is causing significant delays Tuesday for the LYNX Blue Line in Charlotte between the New Bern and Archdale stations. dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com

Equipment on the track that was causing “substantial delays” Tuesday morning for part of the LYNX Blue Line light rail has been removed, but a new problem arose: It lost power at one of its sub-stations.

So the Charlotte Area Transit System will continue to run buses to take people to and from station stops between inbound and outbound Interstate 485 and the Scaleybark station. The trains will run from Scaleybark to Seventh Street.

People should expect delays through rush hour.

CATS said its workers were fixing a broken insulator Tuesday morning, a job that requires specialty equipment vehicles on the rails. One of the equipment vehicles became stuck on the tracks during the repair. CATS removed that vehicle around 1:30 p.m., spokeswoman Hillary DeLong said.

But by then, Duke Energy was dealing with a problem in the area that also affected the CATS sub-station. Meghan Miles, a Duke Energy spokeswoman, said about 560 customers are experiencing an outage near South Boulevard and I-485, affecting the LYNX Blue Line. Work in the area is expected to be completed and power restored by 7 p.m., Miles said.

Earlier in the day, the trains had been operating on a single track between the New Bern and Archdale stations, CATS said at around 8:30 a.m. Later in the morning, CATS tweeted: “Still experiencing delays on LYNX Blue line due to objects on the track. Please expect substantial delays.”

Adam Bell: 704-358-5696, @abell

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