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.
Greetings, transit warriors! MBRU members will be watching Mayor Strickland’s budget proposal on April 24th at City Hall. In 2016, MBRU and the ATU Local 713 (which represents MATA drivers, mechanics, and information specialists) lobbied the Mayor to add $7.5 million to MATA’s yearly budget. This was a good start, but it’s not enough to solve our funding crisis. We need the City of Memphis to commit to significantly investing in MATA, so that MATA has the resources to give Memphis riders the transit they need.
Also, MBRU’s next general meeting is on Saturday, May 12! From 12 to 2 PM, we’ll be at the Gaston Community Center (1046 S. Third) to talk about transit funding, Memphis 3.0’s draft map, and riders unions around the country. You can get there on the #17 and #39 buses. We can’t wait to see you!
Finally, we’ve been talking about Memphis 3.0’s Transit Vision–a long-term plan to restructure MATA and add funding for new service. This is an extremely important conversation, and we will keep fighting for underserved communities in North and South Memphis who need more service. At the last City Council meeting, Councilman Joe Brown took advocates to task about the 31 Crosstown, and said that Memphis 3.0’s plan MUST include this vital bus route: “You don’t take this history away from African Americans in this city, that’s not what you do. That’s embarrassing.” Watch the full video HERE!
MBRU holds meetings on the 2nd Saturday of each month from 12-2 PM. If you have any questions, or you’re interested in joining our work, contact organizer Justin Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org. And follow us on Facebook and Twitter to see more updates!