VOL. 133 | NO. 135 | Monday, July 9, 2018
MATA Gets $20M Grant For Electric Southeast Memphis Route
By Bill Dries
The Memphis Area Transit Authority will be buying 10 electric buses and adding electric charging stations for a new bus route serving Memphis International Airport and employers in the southeast Memphis area.
MATA announced Monday, July 9, nearly $20 million in grant funding from the Tennessee Department of Transportation over a three-year period through the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality -- or CMAQ -- program.
Of the $20 million, $13.9 million goes to buy the 10 buses and build the charging stations. Another $6 million in grant funding is for the operation of the new route.
“These buses will be the first in the area to run entirely on electric power, which will significantly reduce the transit authority’s carbon footprint, improve air quality and reduce operating costs,” said MATA chief executive officer Gary Rosenfeld.
There is no specific timeline for buying the buses and building the charging stations. MATA leaders are also still working out the specific route targeting major employment centers.