the 1920s. Automobile competition siphoned many of their
riders away, but ridership soared again during World War II .
After the war, the trolleys entered an era of gradual attrition, and
they were abandoned by 1956. Amazingly, in 1989, the nonprofit
McKinney Avenue Transit Authority (MATA ) returned restored
vintage trolley cars to the city in the Uptown neighborhood near
downtown. MATA evolved from a tourist attraction into a true
transit company and became the M-Line. Since then, the area
has experienced rapid growth and is now home to midrise office
buildings and upscale apartments.
|Publisher:||Arcadia Publishing SC|
|Product dimensions:||6.69(w) x 9.61(h) x 0.38(d)|
About the Author
Phil Cobb, the driving force behind MA TA's startup, was chairman of the board for several years and is now the M-Line's president. Jim Cumbie, a volunteer since 1988, edited the company's newsletter for 10 years and is now the M-Line's webmaster and unofficial historian.