MATA rolls out rubber wheeled trolleys on Main Street - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

MATA rolls out rubber wheeled trolleys on Main Street

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

It’s the last Friday of the month, also known as Trolley Night on South Main Street, but the August night will look more like it sounds. Friday, MATA rolled out two new rubber wheeled trolleys along the Main Street route.

“Trolley-ish night or trolley light night," said Mark Parsell.

Parsell is a business owner on South Main. He says ever since MATA pulled the trolleys last year, Trolley Night hasn't been the same.

It's a night where businesses stay open late, live music lines the streets and people ride into South Main. But tonight, its name makes sense again.

“We’ve got these cute trolley buses, I see one right over your shoulder right there. Hopefully everyone will go on and just enjoy South Main," said Parsell.

Friday at 11 a.m. MATA rolled out the first rubber wheeled trolley since they pulled the trolleys for fire back in 2014. And it’s fair to say everyone was making a "fuss over the bus."

“It fits into Memphis," said Will Levy. “The green buses needed to go. I knew it was temporary, but I’m glad to see this replace them. And putting something down here that’s nice and people will like.”

Even the drivers, who’ve been in charge of these green buses along the route since May, were happy to drive the rubber wheeled trolleys.

MATA said they saw a decrease in ridership once the buses hit the route; they hope to see an increase in riders now.

“I’m pretty sure we’ll be picking up a lot of passengers, especially with a trolley bus," said Terry Johnson.

Businesses down on South Main hope to see an increase in visitors, both on Trolley Night, and during peek tourism season.

“The tourist really like it, because they get on the north end of Main and take it down here and down to the river. Whereas, when you don’t have the trolley’s you don’t have that sense of adventure," said Parsell.

Insurance money from the trolley fires paid for these replacements, but MATA said the old trolleys are still set to hit the tracks in 2016.

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