MEMPHIS 3.0 TRANSIT VISION
At the January 29, 2019 Board Meeting, the MATA Board of Commissioners adopted the Transit Vision of the Memphis 3.0 Comprehensive Plan as its guiding document for future transit infrastructure and surface improvements. It will replace the Short-Range Transit Plan adopted in 2014.
MEMPHIS INNOVATION CORRIDOR
MATA in partnership with the City of Memphis plans to implement a high capacity 8-mile Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line with 10-minute headways during peak periods with dedicated lanes on two miles of road through Downtown Memphis. The BRT line would run between Downtown and the University of Memphis primarily on Second Street, B.B. King Boulevard, Union Avenue, and Poplar Avenue. In 2019, MATA began to design the Memphis Innovation Corridor and received a $12 Million BUILD grant to use in design and construction of the new BRT line from the U.S. Department of Transportation in November 2019. The BRT line is expected to begin service in 2024.
For more information go to: MemphisInnovationCorridor.com opens external site
BUS STOP DESIGN AND ACCESSIBILITY GUIDELINES
Bus stops are a critical component of the transit system, and a significant aspect of every transit customer’s experience. The intent of the Guidelines is to facilitate proper siting, design, installation and maintenance of either existing or proposed bus stops throughout the greater Memphis region. It includes guidance for improving and developing the number and location of stops, stop branding, design guidance and information to be used by those who design sidewalk and roadway improvements, guidance for incorporating placemaking objectives, and suggested criteria and strategy for prioritizing improvements. The document incorporates the latest mandates and best practices as of March 2017.
The Memphis Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and the Memphis Area Transit Authority worked in partnership with the consulting firm, Nelson/Nygaard Consulting Associates, Inc., to develop the Guidelines. The project was managed and paid for with federal Section 5303 funds by the MPO. Public input was solicited through the MPO’s public participation process, meetings with stakeholders, and outreach to MATA’s customers.
The development of the Guidelines is a continuation of the Memphis Area Transit Authority’s Service Guidelines and Standards developed in 2013 as part of the Short-Range Transit Plan that was adopted by the MATA Board of Commissioners on March 24, 2014.
More information can be found on the Memphis MPO Website.