Midtown Area Connector study looks at better ways to connect Midtown with other areas of the city.
From the growing absence of the downtown and Midtown trolleys to the seemingly ever-present complaints about city bus services, getting around in Memphis without a car continues to be a struggle for many.
But the Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA) hired a consulting firm last year in an effort to improve service, at least for Midtown bus riders. The Midtown Area Connector (MAC) study, which is still underway, is a long-range study to help MATA discover better ways to connect Midtown with other areas of Memphis, either through a new transit service or by expanding on existing ones.
New transit services being considered are "bus rapid transit" or even rail service, which would be designed to reduce travel time, provide real-time travel information, or include dedicated bus lanes on city streets.
Earlier this month, MATA held a meeting with Livable Memphis to update bus riders on the study's progress. The consultants have identified seven routes, which they narrowed down from 26 routes, that are the most highly trafficked and in need of the most improvement.