- Associated Press - Friday, November 13, 2015

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The Memphis Area Transit Authority has been awarded $2.6 million in federal funding to buy three new electric rail trolleys.

The Commercial Appeal reports (http://bit.ly/1HMkvDV) U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen announced on Thursday the money was given through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement program.

Cohen says the new trolleys will play an important role in driving economic development Downtown and along Main Street.

In June 2014, the city’s vintage trolleys were taken offline. Earlier that year, two trolleys caught on fire.

The authority’s chief executive officer Ron Garrison says the funds will allow the transit authority to expedite the return of trolley service in Memphis. Garrison has said the trolley could return as soon as early next year.

Memphis has had downtown trolleys since 1993.

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Information from: The Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com

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