New Funds Will Buy New Trolleys


MATA CEO Ron Garrison
  • MATA CEO Ron Garrison

The Tennessee Department of Transportation has awarded the Memphis Area Transit Authority [MATA] more than $2.6 million in funding to buy three new electrical rail trolleys for Downtown Memphis.  

Trolleys were removed from service last year after two trolleys caught fire on the Madison Line.

The funds for the new trolleys will come from the federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement [CMAQ] program.

"The funds will allow MATA to expedite the return of our iconic trolleys with the purchase new rail cars,” MATA CEO Ron Garrison said in a statement. "New vehicles will also ease MATA’s long-term operations and maintenance costs, and take us a step further in moving busses currently on the trolley routes into other bus services.”

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