Mayor Jim Strickland has an opportunity to change the fate of the Memphis Area Transit Authority as he prepares for his budget presentation this April.
We've met with the Mayor and countless stakeholders in pusuit of a robust investment in public transit. With bus riders and operators leading the charge, we have shed light on the #BusCrisis. By demanding #transitNOTtrolleys, we have forged a new narrative about WHO should take priority. The media and our elected officials are increasingly noticing the race and class disparities in transportation funding.
Now it's time to see the fruits of our labor. Will MATA receive it's funding request for an increase of $8 million for operating and $5 million for new buses in Mayor Strickland's budget? Or will bus riders across Memphis suffer from more cuts?
Join us at City Hall April 19th for Mayor Strickland's budget presentation to City Council!
We will meet up in front of City Hall at 2:30 for a rally and press conference. At 3:30, we will enter the council meeting and listen to the budget presentation.