Accessibility

Memphis transit chief vows new standards for trolleys

Posted on September 30, 2014

MATA's vintage trolley rail system is currently suspended to undergo extended maintenance on all trolley cars. Courtesy MATA
MATA's vintage trolley rail system is currently suspended to undergo extended maintenance on all trolley cars. Courtesy MATA
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The new president and GM of the Memphis Area Transit Authority Ron Garrison said Friday he hopes to have some trolley cars up and running again by the end of the year. Additionally, the transit authority will be overhauling training and repair standards as well as trolleys in the wake of an APTA report that found MATA lacking in both areas, The Daily News reported.

Interim GM Tom Fox requested the peer review in April specifically to determine what caused two fires on the trolleys earlier this year. The transit authority shut down all trolley service citing the age and heavy use of the trolleys, which are all older trolleys that were then restored by the transit authority when the trolley system began operating in the early 1990s, according to the report.

For the full story, click here.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Autonomous shuttle to use 'cool tech' to serve people with disabilities

Future capabilities may include directing direct visually impaired passengers to empty seats or training the vehicle to recognize sign language.

ARBOC delivers milestone Spirit of Liberty to DART

The 2,500th bus manufactured by the company is part of a 123 bus contract that was awarded in February of this year.

Rising cost of Minn. paratransit could threaten other transit services

The Metropolitan Council, which operates the service, expects the number of rides will climb to 2.9 million by 2020, about double what it was in 2010.

rabbittransit begins deployment of new 60-vehicle paratransit fleet

The new fleet additions are comprised of 14 CDL buses and 46 non-CDL vehicles, of which includes 10 minivans and two Ford Transits.

Senior population growth impacts Laketran demand on Dial-a-Ride

Ridership has increased 14 percent over the last three years and has no sign of slowing down. The January 2017 ridership is up 12% over January 2016.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close