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Memphis Area Transit Authority


If you have spent any time on the streets of Memphis, you have almost certainly seen a MATA bus. These typically green and white vehicles carry nearly 40,000 passengers a day. In addition to busses, The Memphis Area Transit Authority operates vehicles such as paratransit vans and trolley cars. If you are new to Memphis or have never taken a city bus, you may be wondering if public transportation is the way to go. It certainly has its advantages.
  • Financially speaking, taking the bus is a pretty good deal. A one way fare is $1.75* for adults and the price is even lower for students and seniors. Even if you took two bus rides per day, seven days per week, you would only spend around $100 per month on transportation costs. You certainly could not pay for a car note, auto insurance, and gas on that amount of money.
  • Generally speaking, mass transit is also better for the environment. How much better depends on the number of people riding the bus, the length of the trip, and factors such as bus emissions versus car emissions.

And while saving money or helping the environment are good incentives to take a bus, there are other considerations to keep in mind.

  • MATA busses only run during certain hours of the day. Depending upon the route, a typical bus will run from about 5:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. or midnight, Monday-Friday. On the weekends, the hours are even shorter.
  • Then there is the question of convenience. MATA busses run on thirty-five routes throughout Shelby County. Unless you live near a major street, you may have to walk quite a distance to get to the nearest bus stop. Likewise, your destination may not be as close to your drop-off point as you would like.

If you decide to give MATA a try or want more information, you can find a full listing of their routes, schedules, and fares at the MATA website.

*Fares are subject to change. Check with MATA for current prices.

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