Buses that don’t show up trigger a driving meeting to address MATA’s concerns

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) – Citizens for Better Service (CBS) and the Memphis Bus Riders Union will hold a meeting with Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA) officials to discuss issues facing bus riders on July 29.

CBS calls this meeting “A ride for justice.

This traveling meeting will address the issues that Memphis citizens have with MATA, including the lack of bus shelters at many bus stops due to inclement weather, and bus passengers being stranded at bus stops for hours due to the absence of buses, with no contact number to call MATA or talk to supervisors on the streets to find out where the buses are that don’t show up.

CBS revealed that it learned that bus passengers were stuck at a stop last Thursday.

Passengers waiting at the American Way terminal were left stranded in 96-degree heat for two hours after the last 69 Winchester Westbound bus scheduled for 5 p.m. was missing.

MATA eventually sent a bus to the scene to ferry passengers home after a two-hour wait, CBS said.

The Ride for Justice route will begin at the bus stop outside the Diagnostic Ultrasound Center at 4274 Faronia Road at approximately 2:45 p.m. to catch the 42 Crosstown Northbound bus scheduled for approximately 3:04 p.m.

Citizens in attendance will take 42 Crosstown to Lamar/Bellevue and wait at least 15 minutes to catch the 36 Lamar bus scheduled for 3:49 p.m., en route to the William Hudson Transit Center at 444 North Main, before 4:02 p.m.

CBS said in a statement:

For more information on cash fares for MATA, the public can go to MATA website.

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