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Join ATU Local 713 and the Memphis Bus Riders Union as we launch our campaign to restore the 31 Crosstown!
The Memphis Bus Riders Union and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 713 are launching a new campaign with a petition to restore the 31 Crosstown, a historic bus route eliminated by Memphis Area Transit Authority in 2013. The two groups represent hundreds of MATA drivers and riders who say that “the route was a lifeline” for under served neighborhoods in North and South Memphis.
The campaign hopes to revive MATA’s ridership by restoring the service that current riders want. Willie Barber, Business Agent for Local 713 says that public opinion of MATA can be repaired by reinstating the 31.
“Any bus rider will tell you how important this route is. MATA’s own reports show the 31 Crosstown had the third highest daily ridership of all the routes, about 2,600 passengers a day. Because it went into the neighborhoods of Riverside and New Chicago, areas where many households have no vehicle, and connected those residents with resources as well as other major routes in Midtown.” he said.