City buses temporarily replacing sidelined Memphis trolleys

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – The city buses temporarily replacing the vintage trolleys that roll down Memphis’ Main Street may not be as picturesque but they will have the same bells, whistles and earsplitting horns.

The Commercial Appeal reports ( the last item isn’t so much an issue of aesthetics as safety.

The green hybrid buses can be very quiet, so the horn will let people know the buses are coming along the cobblestone corridor designed for walkers.

Trolley service was suspended in June after two trolley fires in less than six months.

Ron Garrison is the president and general manager of Memphis Area Transit Authority. He said he hopes to return some refurbished trolleys to the line in the fall.

MATA eventually hopes to buy new replica vintage trolleys with air conditioning.