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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The first two weeks of Charlotte’s expanded light rail line has seen fewer riders than expected.

The Charlotte Area Transit System says the newly expanded Lynx Blue line averaged nearly 24,000 trips the first full week after its March 16 opening and 26,000 trips the next week.

The Charlotte Observer reports the transit organization projected about 33,500 trips per day on the line.

The light rail system also fell under expectations when it opened 10 years ago, but had a sudden increase in riders when gas prices rose sharply in 2008.

The transit system say the extension of the Blue Line to UNC Charlotte has nearly doubled the number of riders on Saturday.


Information from: The Charlotte Observer,