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Madison Avenue trolley line closed during investigation into fires

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Two trolley fires just six months apart prompted Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA) to close and investigate the Madison Avenue trolley line. Two trolley fires just six months apart prompted Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA) to close and investigate the Madison Avenue trolley line.
Nobody was injured in either trolley fire. Nobody was injured in either trolley fire.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - Two trolley fires just six months apart prompted Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA) to close and investigate the Madison Avenue trolley line.

MATA buses will run the Madison Avenue route until the trolleys are deemed safe.

The other trolley routes will not be affected.

"There's some certain operating characteristics on Madison that's different from Main Street and the riverfront. The grades are greater, the speeds are generally greater," said MATA Interim General Manager Tom Fox.

It is unknown when the Madison trolley line will reopen.

Nobody was injured in either trolley fire. The first trolley fire occurred in November 2013. The second happened Monday.

The Memphis trolleys have been around for more than 20 years; each one is more than 40 years old and has 10 miles of track in the Bluff City.

Trolley number 553, which caught fire Monday, was originally built in 1923. It was refurbished 17 years ago, costing nearly $400,000. It worked well, with no major problems or deficiencies to note on its maintenance records. The investigations into what caused the fire on Monday, as well as the November fire, are underway.

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