365 Things to Do in Memphis #153: Take the Main Street Trolley
When it comes to downtown mass transit, Memphis goes old school with a light rail trolley system. Assignment #153 in the 365 Things to Do in Memphis is to slow your roll on the trolley’s Main Street route.
The trolley’s story is a bit of a saga. Back in 2014, they were shut down for safety and maintenance reasons. Risks of being authentically vintage, I suppose.
In spring of 2018, a few new-old trolleys – totally safe and tested – returned just to Main Street.
MATA (Memphis Area Transit Authority) plans to restart the Riverfront Loop and Madison Avenue trolleys in 2019 and 2020, respectively.
In the meantime, you can still use these to get around downtown.They run up and down Main Street, from South Main up to A.W. Willis Ave past the Convention Center, about every 20 minutes. There are plenty of stops. See a full map here.
There’s a bit of a running joke in town that you can out-walk a trolley. And it’s true – the pace of the downtown trolleys is leisurely at best. Riding the length will take maybe 30 – 45 minutes.
It’s not exactly the most efficient way to get from point A to point B, but it is a great way to see a lot of downtown Memphis in one go. Rides are $1 each. Read more here.
Get more info on the trolley system here.
This post was originally posted on June 1, 2012.