Future A Little Bit Brighter For MATA

Future A Little Bit Brighter For MATA

The future is going to be a bit brighter for some who rely on the Memphis Area Transit Authority.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - The future is going to be a bit brighter for some who rely on the Memphis Area Transit Authority.

The MATA board is meeting Wednesday afternoon for some good news, for a change.

Budget cuts nailed the agency this year. It is forcing them to change some routes, cut others, and layoff up to 50 people.

But Memphis city council members decided to shift some money around, giving MATA roughly $430,000 to keep some bus routes alive.

There are lots of people in memphis who say the bus is the only way they can get to work.
The North Main station is a major transfer point for MATA buses.

It is always busy.

Lately a lot of people have been worried about what would happen if bus routes were changed or cancelled.

Verita Jackson will tell you.

“It's kind of rough. There is a lot of changes, and its going to affect a lot of people,” Jackson said.

MATA has been nailed this year.

Not just be city budget cuts, but by cuts from the feds and from the state.

At the end of the day, when you're $4.5 million short, you're going to make cuts. Deep cuts.

City council members decided to rearrange the deck chairs on their budget titanic.

Shifting roughly $430,000 from one group and sending it to MATA to keep five bus lines alive.

City officials aren't too happy about it.

But people like Verita Jackson say all she wants is a way to get to work to make a buck in order to keep her head above water.

“A lot of people don't have transportation. It's hard enough trying to get to work to pay our bills, and now we've got to worry about how we're going to get there,” Jackson said.
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