NV5 - Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) Light Rail Extension

Charlotte Northeast Corridor Light Rail Extension

NV5 had previously provided subsurface utility engineering services on time and on budget for the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) South Corridor Light Rail, so when it came time to build the Northeast Corridor Light Rail, and complete the Blue Line, CATS and STV once again called on us.

The Northeast rail line runs along a nine-mile corridor from Ninth Street in Center City to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte campus. The LYNX Blue Line Extension is a comprehensive transportation system that includes roads, buses, bus rapid transit, and commuter rail lines that provide alternatives to drivers facing traffic congestion on I-85.

NV5 provided surveying services as well as Quality Level A and B utility designation and subsurface location of domestic water lines, high voltage power cables, telephone conduit, traffic monitoring cables, long-distance communication fibers, fiber optic telecommunication cables, and gas mains along the proposed Northeast commuter rapid transit route. We also designated and mapped over 1.7 million linear feet of utilities along the corridor and completed over 300 Quality Level A vacuum excavation test holes to assist design engineers in minimizing any potential utility conflicts prior to building.

All work was completed in accordance with City of Charlotte’s Transportation Plan on time and on budget.


Charlotte, NC




  • Boundary Surveys
  • Plat & Legal Description Preparation
  • Right-of-Way Surveys
  • High Definition Scanning (HDS)
  • Land-based & Aerial LiDAR Surveys
  • Design & Topographic Survey Mapping
  • Underground Utility Location

Key Facts

  • 1.7 Million LF
  • 300+ Quality Level A Test Holes


  • Airport/Transit Award of Merit, 2018 Best Projects, Engineering News-Record (ENR) Southeast, 2018
  • Engineering Excellence Award, American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of North Carolina, 2018