MATA Wants Feedback on New Routes and Route Changes


The Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA) is seeking public feedback through tomorrow, June 2, on changes to 24 bus routes and four new proposed routes.

MATA officials say the changes in service are aimed to improve some of the lowest performing routes, like the 56 Lamar and 50 Poplar.

All 24 routes to be affected will undergo a schedule change, which modifies trip times in order to improve on-time performance, according to MATA's transit planner Scarlet Ponder.

While some routes like the 8 Chelsea and 11 Frayser/Raleigh will have an altered route, routes like the 44 Goodlett Ikea Way and the 37 Perkins will have additional trips added.

New proposed routes includes 31 Firestone, which will be a "demonstration" route and serve New Chicago, an area once served by 31 Crosstown.

Limited to running 10 hours daily due to lack of funding, 31 Firestone is proposed to run every 60 minutes on weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

In order to continue passed the pilot phase, the route will need to maintain at least five boardings per hour.

The details for each proposal, along with how to submit feedback can be found here.

Proposals, which may approved in part of in full, will be implemented in early August.

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