Tests began Thursday and will continue through Friday for the LYNX Blue Line Extension along North Tryon Street near Charlotte’s University area.

“It’s just a beginning step, but we are very excited because it gives a good visual for people in Charlotte to show how the project is progressing,” says Jill Brim, project director for the LYNX Blue Line Extension.

The low-speed tests allow contractors, alongside construction workers and Charlotte Area Transit System personnel, to assess the condition and safety features of the light-rail extension.

“What we are doing is making sure that, one, we have good connection with the overhead electricity system and, two, we have good clearance along the sides of the alignment,” says Brim.

According to CATS, construction of the LYNX Blue Line Extension remains on schedule to be completed by March 2018.

The original story first appeared on Charlotte Business Journal by Melissa Key.