The Memphis Bus Riders Union is a grassroots organization fighting for accessible, affordable, and equitable public transit in our city. Our members are people who depend on MATA and supporters, and our work is essential for highlighting the racism and classism present in Memphis’ grossly inadequate bus system.
This past Saturday, MBRU organizer Justin Davis spoke on a panel at our local Environmental Justice Conference, hosted by the Sierra Club and University of Memphis! The panel was about the intersection of labor unions and environmental justice, and also featured leaders from Sierra Club and United Campus Workers. We also had a great time at our monthly general meeting, where we talked about rider outreach and MATA’s new proposed service changes for this December, which you can view here.MATA will be presenting these changes at MATA Headquarters (1370 Levee Road) on Thursday, October 19 from 4:30 to 6 PM. There are timing adjustments planned on 15 bus routes, including the #42 Crosstown, 56 Lamar, 12 Florida, and 34 Walnut Grove. If you can’t make it to that public hearing, you can also mail comments to MATA Headquarters or send them an email at publiccomments@matatransit.
Finally, we’d like to give a shout out to our friends at the Memphis Center for Independent Living, who are accepting donations of non-perishable food items until December 15th! You can bring them to their office (1633 Madison Ave) on weekdays between 9:30 AM and 4:30 PM.
MBRU holds meetings on the 2nd Saturday of each month. Our next meeting is November 11th, from 12-2 PM–keep an eye out in the newsletter for our meeting location! If you have any questions, or you’re interested in joining our work, contact organizer Justin Davis at email@example.com.