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! It’s that time of year: MATA is announcing new service changes! A lot of routes could be affected, including the 17 McLemore, 31 Firestone, 52 Jackson, 99 Nonconnah, and the three Express routes. MATA will be accepting comments until March 9th, so please bring them your feedback and concerns! MATA will also hold public hearings at the following locations:
- Tuesday, March 6th, at 5:00 PM – Bickford Community Center, 233 Henry Ave.
- Wednesday, March 7th, at 3:30 PM – Airways Transit Center, 3033 Airways Blvd.
- Thursday, March 8th, at 3:00 PM – West Memphis City Hall, 205 S. Redding.
Also, MBRU’s next meeting is coming up in TWO WEEKS! Come join us on Saturday, March 10th, from 12-2 PM at the Gaston Community Center (1046 S. Third St.). You can get there on the #39 and the #17 bus! We’ll be talking about MATA’s new service changes, MLK50 events in April, and fundraising opportunities.
Finally, MBRU has recently heard that the Shelby County Department of Human Services will be relocating its two offices on Jackson and South Third. Starting on Monday, March 5, riders who use DHS services will have to travel to 2003 Corporate Ave., which is accessible on the #99 Nonconnah bus route. This move could affect a lot of low-income Memphians without cars, so spread the word!
If you haven’t already, click here to see Watch Love Work’s recent video about MBRU, titled “Honoring Bus Riders”!
MBRU holds meetings on the 2nd Saturday of each month. If you have any questions, or you’re interested in joining our work, contact organizer Justin Davis at email@example.com. And follow us on Facebook and Twitter to see more updates