MATA Announces Ongoing Vintage Trolley Car Testing
As part of the restart program for the MATA (Memphis Area Transit Authority) vintage steel-wheeled trolley operation, MATA will perform ongoing testing of the trolley car system beginning Monday, November 6.
This testing will occur on the track from the MATA Trolley Division located at 547 North Main Street, along Main Street to Central Station. The testing will necessitate the ongoing activation of the overhead wire carrying 600 volts direct current (DC) electricity and operating the trolley cars under their own power.
The operation of the MATA trolley cars on this section of the track will allow for the newly renewed and rebuilt trolley cars to be tested and safety certified for passenger operations. However, the MATA vintage steel-wheeled trolley cars will not be available for customers at this time.
The overhead wire carrying 600 volts direct current (DC) electricity and trolley cars will continue to be tested for several months both at night and during the day. This includes the evaluation of new safety systems and devices that are now included on the newly renewed and rebuilt trolley cars.
The vintage steel-wheeled trolley cars will be brightly colored, approximately 50 feet in length, 11 feet high, and have both a warning bell and whistle. The trolley cars must follow the tracks and may take longer to come to a complete stop than a rubber-wheeled trolley bus.
All workers performing any task along Main Street must contact MATA to ensure their personal safety in relation to the overhead wire carrying 600 volts direct current (DC) electricity and the moving trolley cars.
Keep up to date via MATA website.