Montgomery Area Transit System

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Montgomery Area Transit System (MATS) or The M is the public transit system in Montgomery, Alabama. The system is owned by the city of Montgomery, however operations are currently contracted to First Transit.

History

[1]

  • Montgomery City Lines operated transit service from 1936-1974.
  • In 1955, Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a bus.
  • In 1956, the U.S. Supreme Court bans segregation on buses after a year of boycotting.
  • In February 1998, the City of Montgomery replaced its system of 17 fixed routes with Demand and Response Transit (DART).
  • In January 2000, it was determined that the Demand and Response Transit system was not serving the citizens of Montgomery in an effective and efficient manner.
  • On February 2, 2000, the Montgomery City Council voted to establish, on a trail basis, three (3) new fixed routes to begin on March 6, 2000.
  • In February 2013, Montgomery Area Transit System was rebranded as 'The M'.

Facilities

Downtown Transfer Center

  • Address: 495 Molton St., Montgomery, AL 36104

Westside Transfer Center

  • Address: 2340 West Fairview Ave., Montgomery, AL 36108

Garage/HQ

  • Address: 2318 West Fairview Ave., Montgomery, AL 36108

Roster

  • As of 2020.

Current

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
1101-1108 2011 Gillig Low Floor HEV 35'
(G30B102N4)
Cummins ISB6.7 Allison EP40
201-203 2011 Chevrolet/Goshen G3500/Pacer LS
  • In new 'The M' scheme.
(11 buses) 2015 Ford/Starcraft E350/Allstar
  • In new 'The M' scheme.
  • Also used in Paratransit/demand response service.
(6 buses) 2016 Ford/Starcraft E350/Allstar
  • In new 'The M' scheme.
  • Also used in Paratransit/demand response service.

Retired

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
603, 608-611, 613-615, 617,
619-620, 623-624, 626-631,
633-635, 637, 641, 646-647,
649-650, 652-653
1960 GMC TDH-4517 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH
  • Ex-MARTA 603, 608-611, 613-615, 617, 619-620, 623-624, 626-631, 633-635, 637, 641, 646-647, 649-650, 652-653.
  • Exx-Atlanta Transit System 603, 608-611, 613-615, 617, 619-620, 623-624, 626-631, 633-635, 637, 641, 646-647, 649-650, 652-653.
  • 628 to Coralville Transit 85.
7601-7631 1976 GMC T6H-4523A Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison
8543 1985 Chance Coach VS-24
  • Trolley Replica, acquired in 1987.
9982-9984 1999 Chance Coach AH-28
  • Trolley Replica
101-105 2002 Thomas SLF-230
0185 1999 Thomas SLF
  • Demonstrator bus used in service between 2000-2001.
  • Purchased in 2001. Possibly a former demonstrator bus.
0386-0392 2002 DCCBNA SLF-230
0393-0398 2003 DCCBNA SLF-230
0400-0401 2004 DCCBNA SLF-235
0502-0503 2005 DCCBNA SLF-232
05xx 2005 Ford/Goshen E350 cutaway Ford 6.0L Diesel
0615-0624 2006 Ford/Goshen Cutaway
0801-0802 2008 Ford Cutaway

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