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Part of the MPO’s role in the region is to plan for and promote public transit facilities and specialized transportation to connect individuals to their community and region. Public transportation in the Memphis region includes various modes, such as van pool services, paratransit for senior citizens and people with disabilities, trolleys, local and express bus service, and water taxis.
The MPO also considers other types of public transit in planning for the region’s future transportation needs. For instance, Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and Light Rail Transit (LRT) options have been or are currently being studied for corridors with particularly high transit usage and potential.
The MPO works closely with the staff and leadership of the Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA), the region’s primary transit provider, to plan for the current and future transportation needs of residents across the region. Currently, several studies are under way to assess the need for transit in new parts of the region, as well as to provide enhanced service within existing coverage areas. Additionally, the MPO’s Long Range Transportation Plan addresses possibilities for future transit service in the region.
For information on existing MATA bus and trolley service, or to plan a ride, please visit www.matatransit.com.
MATA's Short Range Transit Plan is an in-depth study of transit system. The goals of the Short Range Transit Plan are to:
View and/or Download the MATA Short Range Transit Plan.
The Memphis MPO, in partnership with the West Memphis MPO, the West Tennessee RPO, the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT), the Arkansas Department of Trabsportation (ArDOT), and the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) developed the current CPT-HSTP. It was adopted on May 5, 2016, for more information reagrding the plan visit the CPT-HSTP Webpage.
The Memphis MPO coordinated with the Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA) in 2012 and 2013 to conduct the Desoto County Transit Feasibility Study. In recent years, DeSoto County's population has grown and become more diversified, changing the travel patterns of its citizens and visitors. This study was undertaken to evalutate the possibility of and demand for public transit services in DeSoto County, and whether or not such services would be successful. The study saught to:
View an/or Download the DeSoto County Transit Feasibility Study.