Riverfront Loop (MATA Trolley)

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     Riverfront Loop
Memphis trolley.jpg
Trolley approaching the Jefferson Street (Avenue) station.
Overview
Type Heritage streetcar
System MATA Trolley
Status Operational
Locale Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Stations 19
Operation
Operator(s) Memphis Area Transit Authority
Technical
Track length 4.1 mi (6.6 km)
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Electrification Overhead lines
Route map
North End Terminal
Overton Avenue
Pyramid Arena
I-40.svg Interstate 40
Convention Center
Civic Center Plaza
Jefferson Avenue
Court Avenue
Madison Avenue Line
Madison Avenue
Union Avenue
Peabody Place
Beale Street
Beale Street Landing
Linden Avenue
Huling Avenue
Butler Avenue
Central Station

The Riverfront Loop is a line of the Memphis Area Transit Authority trolley system. It began operation in 1997, as the second line in the system. It runs for 4.1 mi (6.6 km) through downtown Memphis and along the Mississippi riverfront, with 19 stops along the way. It is the longest of the system's three lines, though it concurrent with the Main Street Line for about half of its length. Part of the line offers panoramic views of the Mississippi River from atop to the Chickasaw Bluffs.[1]

Route Description[edit]

As the line functions as a "loop" it does not have any termini. From Amtrak's Central Station in the South Main Arts District, it runs north joining the original Main Street Line along the Main Street pedestrian mall. After following this line for 1.8 mi (2.9 km), it splits off to the west just past A.W. Willis Avenue (formerly Auction Avenue). Passing Front Street, it turns south along the Illinois Central tracks toward the Pyramid Arena. The loop goes under the Interstate 40 bridge, emerging in front of the Cook Convention Center along the waterfront. Continuing along the IC tracks, it follows the riverfront until the tracks overlay Tennessee Street. Here, the loop continues along Tennessee eventually turning east onto GE Patterson Avenue. The loop is completed when it travels under the IC tracks in front of Central Station, and turns back onto South Main Street.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MATA Trolley Service". Memphis Area Transit Authority. Retrieved 2012-05-23.