The LYNX Blue Line will be closed for annual maintenance during the weekend of October 19-20, resuming a normal schedule on Monday, October 21.

The Charlotte Area Transit System said the downtime will allow workers to make repairs and upgrades to the rail system — track maintenance, adding ballast, painting, landscaping and grade crossing work.

“Regular maintenance is essential to preserving our transit system,” said CATS CEO John Lewis said in a statement. “CATS’ goal is to perform all necessary repairs and upkeep at once. This will ultimately extend the life of our system and minimize overall disruptions to riders.”

LYNX Connector Bus Service

To mitigate the effects of the closures, CATS will provide bus service in place of rail service. Each LYNX station will have signage directing customers to the nearest bus stop. Passengers should board buses with a “LYNX Connector” headway sign at bus stops that also state LYNX Connector.

Riders traveling north or south past the CTC/Arena Station must transfer at Bay V to the continuing northbound or southbound LYNX Connector bus. Staff will be on hand to assist with the transfer, CATS said.

Riders will still be able to buy ticket from LYNX station vending machines to ride the LYNX Connector. Riders also can use the CATS Pass mobile app, a pass, transfer or have exact change to board the bus.

More information on the closure and bus bridge service is available at http://charlottenc.gov/cats/rail/Pages/track-work.aspx.