Another Big Step Toward Bringing The MATA Trolleys Back

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - There hasn't been a clang, clang, clang of a trolley in Memphis in about three and a half years. But there are signs things are changing.

The entire MATA trolley fleet was taken off the streets after two trolleys caught on fire. MATA has basically rebuilt the entire system, including the trolleys.

This week, the agency is taking a big step by energizing the power lines above the street that power the trolleys.

"It will be in stages. Sections of the line will be energized, de-energized, and equipment will be tested, and hopefully we will get cars out on the rails shortly to be tested as well,” says Gary Rosenfeld with the Memphis Area Transit Authority.

 

When the trolleys are taken on the streets for testing, they will not be picking up passengers. Rosenfeld hopes passenger service can begin by the end of this year.


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