Archive for the ‘Transportation’ Category

                  In light of our regional theme this week, we are reposting this commentary from December 20, 2016.   Note: Ron Garrison is no longer CEO at MATA.  The Interim CEO is Gary Rosenfeld. In a region where incomes are too low, it’s self-destructive for the lack […]

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                  My grandmother often answered our latest whining request with the response: “if wishes were horses, beggars would ride.”  The updated version for our community:  If talk was money, MATA would have light rail to Somerville. Either way, the message is the same.  Talk is cheap. Unfortunately, […]

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            Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland is part of a growing coalition of mayors calling for more State of Tennessee funding support for public transportation. It is a promising sign that modern public transit may finally get the attention it deserves on Capitol Hill, albeit it is never easy to predict […]

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by (RSS) Poverty, Transportation | December 28th, 2016 12:10am CDT | 5 Comments

                      In our last two posts, the first focused on public transit and the $7 billion, about 10% of the regional GDP, that largely flows out of our region as the cost of personal transportation and the second provided key metrics about MATA, including its ranking […]

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government, Transportation | December 22nd, 2016 12:40am CDT | 2 Comments

                    In the ranking of public transit in 72 cities with populations of more than 250,000, Memphis ranks #55 and among the 32 cities with populations of more than 500,000, Memphis ranks #27, according to the highly respected Center for Neighborhood Technology. The ranking (0-10) of […]

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                      In a region where incomes are too low, it’s self-destructive for the lack of effective regional public transit to contribute to the Memphis region spending $6.9 billion every year on  personal transportation. In fact, the Memphis region ranks #1 among the 51 largest MSAs […]

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              It’s the time of year when we pause to remember people and groups that we tend to take for granted. The University of Memphis is at the top of our list this year. Apparently, it’s a message that we were not supposed to miss. First, we were reminded […]

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by (RSS) Poverty, Transportation, Uncategorized | September 14th, 2016 10:40am CDT | Comments Off on Bring Back Our 31 Crosstown

Thanks to Bennett Foster for sending: The  Memphis Bus Riders Union and Amalgamated Transit  Union Local 713 are  launching a new campaign with a petition to restore the​ ​31  Crosstown​, a  historic bus route eliminated by Memphis Area Transit Authority in  2013.  The two groups represent hundreds of  MATA drivers and riders who say  that […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Poverty, Transportation | August 22nd, 2016 12:29am CDT | Comments Off on Segregation Hurts All Of Us

              (University of Michigan chart.)   In the wake of recent events in Milwaukee, income and economic segregation there have garnered national headlines.  This is a deep structural issue in the Memphis MSA with serious implications to our economy, our quality of life, and our commitment to the American […]

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by (RSS) Transportation | June 24th, 2016 12:02am CDT | 6 Comments

Between July, 2011, and July, 2015, Memphis International Airport (MEM) led the nation in the reduction in flights – 66%.  At one point, Delta Air Lines flew 300 daily flights out of MEM.  By time that it was announced that there would no longer be a Delta Air Lines hub, there were 96 daily flights. […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Transportation | February 10th, 2016 12:47am CDT | 14 Comments

              The recent approval of a 20-year waiver of property taxes by Collierville and 15 years by Shelby County for the FedEx World Technology Center is a case study of the disconnects that exist between public policies concerning corporate incentives and job opportunities. The PILOT approved for the $47.4 […]

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The next time you hear anyone from the suburbs complaining about how much is spent on projects in downtown, Midtown, or other neighborhoods in Memphis, remind them that I-269’s 60-miile loop around Memphis will have a pricetag of well over $1.2 billion. The latest leg of this boondoggle opens tomorrow with the 4.5 mile segment […]

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by (RSS) Transportation | September 16th, 2015 3:26pm CDT | Comments Off on Sign Up: How Technology Can Connect People and Transit

CONNECTING PEOPLE & TRANSIT USING TECHNOLOGY   Thursday, September 24, 2015 | 6:30 – 8:30 pm Lost Pizza Company, 2855 Poplar Avenue An informal evening with TransLoc transit appmakers, MATA, and the Mayor’s Institute for Excellence in Government Innovation Team. ***  TransLoc will introduce its Memphis real-time bus arrival app, then lead a lively panel discussion […]

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by (RSS) Tennessee Legislature, Transportation | August 20th, 2015 12:54am CDT | 3 Comments

Once again, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has another good idea that’s being shot down by Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris and the governor’s own political party. This time, it’s his proposal to raise the gas tax to pay for highway repairs, and miracle of miracles, the governor – former mayor of Knoxville – even dared […]

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If the Tennessee Department of Transportation had set out to intentionally fumble the process for construction of the $60 million I-55/Crump Boulevard interchange project, it could not have done it any better. TDOT says that after considering all the options, the Memphis-Arkansas Bridge needs to be closed for nine months in 2017 to complete the […]

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by (RSS) Planning and Urban Design, Transportation | May 13th, 2015 3:01pm CDT | 2 Comments

As you know if you’ve read our past posts about the MPO, we consider its current structure unrepresentative because it is weighted to the suburbs and it is racially unbalanced.  As a result, the organization has poorly served the city at its core and its negative impact on Memphis will continue until it is reformed. […]

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government, Livability, Transportation | March 30th, 2015 3:32pm CDT | Comments Off on Thoughtful Street Design Helps Communities and the Economy

To follow up this morning’s post about Riverside Drive, here’s an article by Kaid Benefield at Sustainable Cities Collective about the power of good street design to improve cities like Memphis:     Streets re-designed with all users in mind – pedestrians, transit users and bicyclists as well as drivers of motor vehicles – generally […]

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                  The debate about the future alignment of Riverside Drive is about much more than a road.  In truth, it is another indication of how tenuous the movement for a more livable Memphis is. That’s why bike lanes are about more than bikes and Riverside Drive is […]

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