What is The MAC and what is its' purpose?
The Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA) initiated the Midtown Alternatives Analysis (AA) Study in April 2014 and it has been branded as The MAC (Midtown Area Connector). This study has as its' primary purpose to examine transit needs and the potential for high capacity transit service within Midtown Memphis and connecting to surrounding neighborhoods. Ultimately, we will be Connecting Memphis from the Inside Out.
How is MAC different from other studies that have been done?
The MAC will build on MATA's previous planning studies, including the recommendations of the Short Range Transit Plan (SRTP) for further study of high capacity transit. The Midtown Area Connector will carefully consider the travel needs of existing MATA riders, residents and other stakeholders specifically in and around the midtown study area. No other study like this has been done before.
Does the public get to input on an actual routes through Midtown Memphis?
Most definitely. The Midtown Area Connector will provide the public opportunities to give their input in the selection of the most viable routes or options which will be called the Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA). The LPA will be the routes that best connects existing businesses, key destinations and neighborhoods while promoting future development and economic growth in desired areas.
What mode of transit are we talking about; buses, trolleys, light rail or something else?
The MAC will evaluate all available options, compare costs, consider benefits and determine which mode is best suited for the corridors or routes. Modern Streetcars, Trolleys/Buses and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) are among the options.
How much will it cost? When will we see it? What are the next steps?
All great questions and all have the same answer. To be determined through the Midtown Area Connector process.