The Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA) announced Monday that the return of the vintage, steel-wheeled trolley will be delayed until April 2018.
The trolleys were originally scheduled to be up and running by the end of this year, but MATA officials said a handful of safety issues stand in the way of that.
Three of the six cars needed to restart the service will not be ready by the slated deadline, as rotting wood was discovered in the trolleys during their reconstruction at an Iowa-based trolley company.
Representatives with Gomaco Trolley Company told MATA officials that after repairs are made to the three trolleys’ underbodies, roofs, and floors, they should be ready to ship to Memphis no later than January.
Then, MATA must test the cars without passengers on the tracks to ensure the trolleys are operating up to safety standards.