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Transit Planning

Connecting People and Communities

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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 Regional 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

Transit Planning Efforts

Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA) Short Range Transit Plan (SRTP)

MATA's Short Range Transit Plan is an in-depth study of transit system. The goals of the Short Range Transit Plan are to:

  • Make sure MATA services meet and support community needs.
  • Make the bus an attractive option for more people in the community.
  • Ensure MATA services are operated in the most cost effective and efficient way possible.

View and/or Download the MATA Short Range Transit Plan.

Coordinated Public Transit - Human Services Transportation Plan (CPT-HSTP)

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.

Bus Stop Design and Accessibility Guidelines

The Memphis MPO, in partnership with the Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA) has completed a project that establishes a set of standards and guidelines for bus stop improvements in the future. For more information regarding the study, visit the Bus Stop Design and Accessibility Guidelines Webpage.

DeSoto County Transit Feasibility Study

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:

  • Evaluate current conditions and needs in DeSoto County, as related to public transportation;
  • Identify public transportatin service options and strategies;
  • Identify funding opportunities for transit; and
  • Recommend projects for implementation, should they be found feasible.

View an/or Download the DeSoto County Transit Feasibility Study.

Interactive Webmap

This innovative mapping tool is comprised of three interactive webmaps. One map is a multi-faceted resource that identifies planned as well as funded transportation projects, MATA stops and routes, bridges, proposed and existing bicycle facilities, federal roadway functional classifications, municipal boundaries, and more.

The other two maps display projects identified in the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), showing projects that are planned to be implemented over the next 25 years, and the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), which identifies the short term projects that have been pulled from the RTP and are now funded to begin Engineering, Right-of-Way acquisition and/or Construction within the next four years.



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125 North Main St., Suite 450
Memphis, TN 38103
Tel: (901) 636.7190
Fax: (901) 636.7272

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