Memphis Area Transit Authority

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Memphis Area Transit Authority
Memphis Area Transit Authority logo.png

Founded 1975
Succeeded City of Memphis Transit Authority
(1961-1975)
Headquarters Memphis, TN
Service area 319 sq miles, including the City of Memphis and parts of Shelby County, TN and City of West Memphis, AR
Employees ~ 515

Bus routes 43
Ridership (bus) 7.5 million trips/yr
Bus fleet 150
Bus fuel types Diesel
Diesel Hybrid

Trolley routes 3 (suspended)
Ridership (trolley) 1.34 million trips/FY 2011/12
Note: (suspended in 2/2014)
Trolley fleet 19
Trolley propulsion Electric
600V DC (overhead/pantograph)

MATAplus (para-transit)
Ridership
205,638 trips/yr
MATAplus fleet appr. 50

Governed by Seven-member policy board appointed by the mayor and city council of the City of Memphis
Executive Director Gary Rosenfeld,
Chief Executive Officer (Interim)
Official Website www.matatransit.com
Bus Tracker MATA Bus Tracker (TransLoc)
Telephone Information (901) 274-MATA (6282)

The Memphis Area Transit Authority also abbreviated to the acronym (MATA) is the largest transit agency in Tennessee, serving the City of Memphis, parts of Shelby County, TN and City of West Memphis, AR.

MATA operates 43 bus routes, para transit service for persons with disabilities (MATAplus), plus heritage trolley service on three routes (currently suspended).

History

Timeline of important events

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  • 1975: MATA takes over services, from City of Memphis Transit Authority.
  • 1993: MATA trolley service begins on Main Street line.
  • 1999: MATA Central Station (Amtrak Station) completed renovation in November.
  • 2011: MATA Airways Transit Center opens, moving inter-city bus services from Downtown Memphis to area adjacent to Memphis International Airport.
  • 2014: MATA trolley service suspended indefinitely, following two fires on trolleys in December, 2013 and January, 2014. Hopes are to have service restored by late-2017.

Routes

Current as of April 2, 2017.

For printable online schedules visit here.

Route number
and route name
Terminals Streets traveled Notes
2 Madison Serves Memphis International Airport from downtown Memphis.
4 Walker Serves Memphis International Airport from downtown Memphis.
5 Central
6 Northaven
7 Air Park
8 Chelsea
9 Highland
11 Frayser-Raleigh
12 Florida
13 Lauderdale
17 McLemore
18 Hawkins Mill
19 Vollintine
21 Mount Moriah
22 Raines
26 Hickory Hill
28 Holmes
30 Brooks
32 East Parkway
34 Walnut Grove
35 South Parkway
36 Hacks Cross
37 Perkins
38 Boxtown
39 South Third
40 Wolfchase
400 Wolfchase Express
42 Crosstown
44 Goodlett-Ikea Way
46 Whitehaven
47 Shelby Farms Park
50 Poplar
52 Jackson
53 Summer
56 Lamar
57 Park
64 Airport Shuttle
69 Winchester
77 West Memphis
78 West Memphis
82 Germantown
98 West Memphis-Green Route
99 Nonconnah Corporate Center
100 Trolley-Main Line
  • Internally numbered route 100?
  • Operated with replica trolley buses, in lieu of trolleys.
101 Trolley-Riverfront Loop
  • Internally numbered route 101?
  • Operated with replica trolley buses, in lieu of trolleys.
102 Trolley-Madison Line
  • Internally numbered route 102?
  • Operated with replica trolley buses, in lieu of trolleys.

Connecting services

MATA makes connections to Greyhound at the Airways Transit Center, adjacent to the Memphis International Airport. Greyhound previously served downtown Memphis, however, moved their Memphis operations to the center on November 8, 2011.[1]

MATA serves Memphis International Airport from Downtown Memphis on routes 2 and 4.

MATA also makes connections to Amtrak, located at Central Station (545 S. Main Street) in downtown Memphis. Central Station is managed by MATA.

MATA Properties

Administration, rail facilities and maintenance depots

Depot name Location Notes
MATA Headquarters 1370 Levee Rd, Memphis, TN 38108 Served by routes 8 (short walk) and 42 (directly).
Bus garage 1393 North Watkins Street, Memphis, TN 38108
  • Served by routes 8 (short walk) and 42 (directly).
  • Maintenance facility for MATA buses.
Trolley depot
(Main Street Trolley)
547 N Main St, Memphis, TN 38105
  • Served by a short walk from Main Street Trolley and Riverfront Trolley Loop.
  • Maintenance facility for MATA trolleys.
Central Station
(Amtrak)
545 S. Main Street, Memphis, TN
  • Served by routes 12, 13, 15, 39, 78, Main Street Trolley and Riverfront Trolley.
  • Managed by MATA, housing Amtrak and Memphis Police Department at Hudson Hall.
  • Amtrak services ("City of New Orleans" route/service)
    • One early-morning departure daily, serving Jackson, MS and New Orleans, LA
    • One late-evening departure daily, serving Carbondale, Champaign and Chicago, IL.

Intermodal transit centers

MATA has three transit centers available for passengers to transfer between routes, and to gather system information.

Terminal name Location Served by routes Notes
William Hudson Transit Center 444 N. Main St. 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 34, 36, 39, 40, 46,
50, 52, 53, 56, 57, 78, 98, 400
Formerly known as North End Terminal.
American Way Transit Center 3921 American Way 9, 17, 21, 22, 26, 30, 36, 37, 56, 64, 69
Airways Transit Center 3033 Airways Boulevard 2, 4, 28, 30, 32, 99, Greyhound Located near Memphis International Airport.

Roster

Conventional transit buses

Active

Fleet Number Range Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Number Engine Transmission Notes
401-420 Memphis Area Transit Authority 414-a.jpg 2003 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G29D102N4)
Cummins ISL Voith D864.3E 403, 407, 411, 413, 415, 419 and 420 are retired as of February, 2020.
  • Remaining vehicles may be retained as part of contingency fleet.
421-447 Memphis Area Transit Authority 440-a.jpg 2010 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL Allison B400R
  • 2002-2005, 2007 retired as of February 2020.
  • #433 caught fire in Germantown December 8, 2015.[2]
  • VIN numbers
  • 421 VIN 15GGD2717A1177548
  • 423 VIN 15GGD2715A1177550
  • 433 VIN 15GGD2714A1178382
448-459 2014 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL9
460-462 2015 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL9
501-507 Memphis Area Transit Authority 506-a.jpg 2004 Neoplan USA AN460LF Cummins ISL Allison B500R
  • Run exclusively on Routes 43 and 50 during rush hours only.
  • One unit is retired due to a fire and is used for spare parts.
601-608 2015 Double K Villager
  • Unknown number of units. 602-608 known to be active.
  • Replica trolley buses temporarily used on trolley lines, due to trolley closure.
  • Primary colors:
  • 602 - Red
  • 606 - Carolina Blue
  • 608 - Light Magenta
839-888 Memphis Area Transit Authority 877-a.jpg 2000 Nova Bus LFS Cummins ISC Allison B400R Most units are retired; (see fleet page).
889-908 Memphis Area Transit Authority 905-a.jpg 2001 Nova Bus LFS Cummins ISC Allison B400R Many retired.
909-928 Memphis Area Transit Authority 920-a.jpg 2002 Nova Bus LFS Cummins ISC Allison B400R Many retired.
2001-2004 2007 Gillig Low Floor HEV 29'
(G30E102R2)
Cummins ISB Allison EP40
hybrid system
2005-2007 2009 Gillig Low Floor HEV 29'
(G30E102R2)
Cummins ISB #2006 caught fire 10/6/2014[3]
3001-3010 2009 Gillig Low Floor 29'
(G27E102R2)
Cummins ISL
  • 3002, 3004, 3006, 3010 retired as of February, 2020.
  • #3005 auctioned off in April, 2017 for parts.
3011-3022 2010 Gillig Low Floor 29'
(G27E102R2)
Cummins ISL
  • 3011-3012, 3018-3019, 3021 retired as of February, 2020.
  • 3015 and 3017 retired due to fire and accident.
4001-4015 Memphis Area Transit Authority 4015-a.jpg 2010 Gillig Low Floor HEV 40'
(G30D102N4)
Cummins ISB Allison EP40
hybrid system
4016-4033
  • Unknown number of units.
  • 4016-4019, 4021-4023, 4025-4033, known to exist.
4520-4550
(even numbers, base 10 increments)
  • Unknown number of units.
  • 4520, 4530, 4540, 4550 known to exist.
  • Fleet series possibly in increments of 10 (10, 20, 30...)
5001-5005 2010 Gillig Low Floor HEV 35'
(G30B102N4)
Cummins ISB Allison EP40
hybrid system
5003 retired as of February, 2020.
21701-21715 2017 Gillig Low Floor Unknown number of units.
21801-21809 2018 Gillig Low Floor Unknown number of units.

Retired

Fleet Number Range Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Number Engine Transmission Notes
50-54 1990 Chance VS-24
Replica trolley
Cummins B5.9 Allison AT-545
55-56 1992 Chance VS-24
Replica trolley
Cummins B5.9 Allison AT-545
  • 1991 models
  • All retired by May 2015.
57-59 1992 Chance 26TR
Replica trolley
Cummins B5.9 Allison AT-545
60-74 1985 National Escort II
75, 77-94 6-7/1944 GMC TG-4006 Ex-Memphis Transit Company 75, 77-94.
75-84 1988 National Escort II
85-92 1992 Chance RT-52
Handi-Lift
  • # 86 VIN # 1CPCR2DS2NW077638
  • # 87 VIN # 1CPCR2DS4NW077639
  • # 90 VIN # 1CPCR2DS4NW077642
  • # 92 VIN # 1CPCR2DS4NW077644
93-105 1995 Goshen
100-106, 108-113 1947 Mack C-45-DT Ex-St. Louis Public Service Company #?.
100-114 7/1965 GMC TDH-5303
114 1948 Mack C-45-GT
115-123 1951 Mack C-45-GT
115-124 9/1967 GMC TDH-5303
?-123 1998 Dodge Caravan
  • Unknown number of units.
  • #122 VIN# 2B4G94438W857118
  • #123 VIN# 2B4GP443XW857119
124-128 2000 Dodge Caravan
  • Unknown number of units.
  • #124 VIN# 2B4GP44R9YR865266, sold in June, 2006.
  • #125 VIN# 2B4GP44R5YR865264, sold in July, 2006.
  • #126 VIN# 2B4GP44R7YR865265, attempted to auction off in July, 2006. Unknown disposition.
  • #128 VIN# 2B4GP44ROYR865267, sold in April, 2006.
125-126 1955 Mack C-47-DT Ex-West Towns Bus Company #?.
125-144 2/1968 GMC T6H-5305A
200-209 1951 Mack C-50-DT Ex-Cincinnati Street Railway 955-964.
200-243 1977 AMG 9640B-8 Carry serial numbers 000277-000320.
200-209 1999 Champion Solo Cummins ISB Allison
  • Retired prematurely.[4]
  • Attempted to be auctioned off on Public Surplus in May of 2016.
  • 30 ft models
210-216 1951 Mack C-50-DT Ex-?.
235-236 1956 Mack C-49-DT Ex-Leyden Motor Coach #?.
244-253 1978 AMG 9640B-8 Carry serial numbers 000442-000451.
300-304 1953 White 1150-D7 Cummins HBI-600 Spicer 918
300-329 7-8/1979 GMC RTS-03 (T8H-203)
301-340 2002 Blue Bird CSFE Cummins ISB Allison 2000 Series
  • Used for MATAPlus service.
341-351 2003 Blue Bird CSFE Cummins ISB Allison 2000 Series
  • Used for MATAPlus service.
352-361 2011 Chevrolet

Arboc

  • Unknown number of total units in this series.
  • Previously used on MATA Plus para transit shared-ride services.
  • Built on Chevrolet Express chassis.
  • Placed for auction on Public Surplus in April, 2017.
    • #352 VIN #
    • #353 VIN # 1GB9G5AL6A1180089
    • #355 VIN # 1GB9G5AL3A1180969
    • #357 VIN # 1GB9G5ALXA1181178
    • #358 VIN # 1GB9G5AL2A1180686
    • #359 VIN # 1GB9G5AL5A1179970
    • #360 VIN # 1GB9G5AL3A1180079
    • #361 VIN # 1GB9G5AL8A1180174
400-429 11-12/1949 GMC TDH-4509 Ex-Memphis Transit Company 400-429.
400-404 6/1966 GMC TDH-4519
405-412 10/1966 GMC TDH-4519
413-439, 490-499 3/1968 GMC T6H-4521A 416, 425, 429 & 431 sold in 1985 to Continental Air Transport.
430-459 10/1950 GMC TDH-4509 Ex-Memphis Transit Company 430-459.
460-462 1949 GMC TDH-4509 Ex-West Towns Bus Company #?.
463-468 1950 GMC TDH-4509 Ex-West Towns Bus Company #?.
469 1952 GMC TDH-4509 Ex-West Towns Bus Company #?.
470-484 1950 GMC TDH-4509 Ex-Triboro Coach Corporation #1151-1165.
486-490 1951 GMC TDH-4509
491 1949 GMC TDH-4509 Ex-Caseyville Bus Lines #?.
492-493 1951 GMC TDH-4509 Ex-Yellow Bus Lines #?.
500-506 1947-48 GMC TDH-4507 Ex-Cincinnati Street Railway #?.
500-509 1983 MAN SG-310-16.5-2A MAN D2566 MLUM Renk-Doromat 874B
507 GMC TDH-4507 Ex-?.
508-519 GMC TD-4506 Ex-?.
510-519 1987 MAN SG-310-16.5-2A MAN D2566 MLUM Renk-Doromat 874B
  • 513 image
  • Retired circa 2004.
  • #511 VIN 13M29305XHC251796, auctioned off in September, 2015.
  • #513 VIN 13M29305XHC271798, auctioned off in September, 2015.
  • #514 VIN 13M29305XHC281799, auctioned off in September, 2015.
520-529 GMC TDH-4507 Ex-Cleveland Transit System #?.
530-539 GMC TDH-4509 Ex-?.
540-545 GMC TDH-4507 Ex-?.
546-547 GMC TD-4506 Ex-?.
548-549 GMC TDH-4008 Ex-?.
550-554 GMC TDH-4512 Ex-?.
567-587 GMC TDH-4509 Ex-?.
590-592, 598 GMC TDH-4512 Ex-?.
600-614 2/1954 GMC TDH-5105
600-682 7-8/1985 GMC RTS-04 (T8J-204)
615-639 2-3/1956 GMC TDH-5105
683-695 3/1986 GMC RTS-04 (T8J-204)
700 1962 Flxible F2D6V-401-AC
700-714 5/1988 TMC RTS-06 (T80-208)
  • 701 was spotted in Albuquerque, NM under private ownership in September 2015. It was later listed on ebay in October 2016.[5]
  • 714 was bought by Optimum Transportation (Memphis, TN).
701-714 1964 Flxible F2D6V-401-1-AC
  • To SCRTD #5736-5749 in 1976.
715-724 6/1989 TMC RTS-06 (T80-208)
725-740 8/1994 TMC RTS-08 (T80-208)
800 2/1961 GMC TDH-5301 Ex-GMC Demo
800-838 1997 Nova Bus LFS Cummins C8.3 Allison B400R
801-840 8/1961 GMC TDH-5301
841-850 3/1962 GMC TDH-5301
851-878 2-3/1963 GMC TDH-5303
879-914 3/1964 GMC TDH-5303
900-912, 914-920 2-3/1956 Mack C-45-GT Ex-?.
915-989 4/1965 GMC TDH-5303
1001-1012 2005 Optima Opus Cummins ISB Allison B Series Declared surplus prematurely in January, 2017 due to wiring and hydraulic issues.

MATA Trolley (streetcar/tram)

The Memphis Area Transit system operated a heritage streetcar system on three distinct rail lines; the Main Street Line, the Riverfront Loop, and the Madison Avenue Line. Combined, the network served a total of 38 stations. Service had began on April 29, 1993, however, was suspended indefinitely following fires on two of the cars ion December of 2013 and January of 2014. As of October, 2016, no date has been set for the reopening of service, however, there are hopes to reinstate service by late-2017.

All-time list

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Fleet number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Motors Notes
156
164
180
187 1927
194 1935
  • ex-Porto, Portugal.
  • Restored by Kerns-Wilcheck Associates of Memphis.
  • #194 involved in collision accident with a Melbourne W2 car due to a power failure in June of 2011.
204 1940
417, 452,
454-455,
539-540,
545

(7 total cars)
1951-1956[7] Melbourne
W2
  • Received between 1990s and 2003.
  • Ex-Melbourne, Australia, same fleet numbers.
  • Nine total cars.
  • Reconditioned by Gomaco.
  • One car involved in collision accident with #194 in June of 2011, due to power failure.
  • Two cars caught fire in December, 2013 (fleet #452)[8] and April, 2014, the latter prompting a temporary closure in May of 2014 to conduct an investigation to the cause of the fires, and to create a plan to deal with the issues from happening to further cars.
  • Each car is assigned a different color scheme:
    • #452 is red with cream trim.
    • #453 is gold with red trim.
    • #454 is green with white trim.
    • #455 is cobalt blue with white trim.
    • #540 is cream with black trim.
    • #545 is forest green with cream trim.
    • #'s 452 and 553 attempted to be auctioned off in 2016, after catching fire. The recommended $1000 opening bids were not matched by bidders.
453 2004 Gomaco Safety Car Replica of Birney Safety Car, built by Gomaco.
799 Melbourne
W2
  • Purchased in late-January, 2016.[9]
1794
  • ex-Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • Originally open-air, enclosed before entering service in Memphis.
  • Placed up for auction in December, 2017.[10]
1978 Melbourne
W2
  • ex-Melbourne, Australia 353.
  • Only Melbourne-class W2 car to not carry original numbers.
  • Rebuilt by Gomaco Trolley Company.
1979 Gomaco

Further reading

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