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Memphis - November 2001
   

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Memphis — Trolley Extension Contract 

Rail Transit Online, November 2001

Hill Brothers Construction Co. of Falkner, Mississippi, was low bidder for a contract to build a 2.5-mile, six-station extension of the Main Street heritage trolley line that will run along Madison Avenue between Main and Cleveland from downtown to the Medical Center. Hill Brothers’ bid of $23.7 million, one of only two submitted despite nationwide advertising, was significantly lower than Memphis Area Transit Authority's estimate of $27.6 million. Once the MATA board affirms the contract, the electrical work will be subcontracted to Haines Electric Co., a Memphis firm that outfitted the original trolley line. The trolley may be the first link in a regional light rail system — a feasibility and route study on a corridor connecting downtown with the southeastern suburbs was approved by MATA’s board last January. Included in the scope of work is a proposed spur south to Memphis International Airport. 

 

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