By: MBRU | February 08, 2016


 
 
This will be a decisive year for the future of MATA.
 
As MBRU prepares for city budget season, riders & drivers are worried about more route cuts, broken-down buses, privatization, and the prioritization of trolleys and "choice riders" over working families.
 
But before we get ready to fight for transit justice in 2016, join us for some food and fellowship on  as we celebrate our accomplishments and charge up for the struggle ahead! 

When: SaturdayFebruary 13, 2016
12:00 - 2:00 PM
 
Where: Memphis Center for Independent Living 
1633 Madison Ave
Memphis, Tennessee 38104

Admission: $10.00
No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
 
If you wish to pay your cover or make a donation online just clickHERE, select the ammount you want to contribute and put "MBRU" in the fields under "in honor of" as pictured here: 
 
 
If you are interested in bringing food to the anniversary fundraiser or giving a ride to a member please contact Bennett at (901) 210-3768.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1524854007811213/ 
 
 
 
MBRU & ATU Local 713 Meet with Mayor Strickland
 
Last week the leadership of MBRU and the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 713 that represents MATA employees met with our newly elected mayor, to discuss the #BusCrisis. 
 
 
We talked about the need to increase capital and operating funds in the city budget, specifically set aside for new buses, increased frequency of service and late night service. The drivers representing Local 713 talked about issues ranging from buses with broken wheelchair lifts, broken doors, overcrowing, fires and other dangerous conditions.

 
We are very excited to work together with Local 713. As riders and drivers of the bus system we are the most affected by these issues. We will continue to work hard to protect and expand our public transit system! 
 
MBRU In The News
 
We are very concerned about the statements made by Mr. Garrison, GM of MATA, in a recent article. Privatization ALWAYS leads to higher fares and less service. What's done in the dark will be brought to the light! 
 
"Garrison’s approach has its critics. The Memphis Bus Riders Union says that hiring private contractors to provide a public service isn’t equitable for the thousands of Memphians that rely on public transportation."
 
Read the full article here: 
 


Upcomming Events

*Public Meeting on upcoming route changes: 

Benjamin Hooks Library 3030 Poplar Ave, Tuesday 2/9/2016 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. It will be an open house format with MATA representatives on hand to provide information, accept comments, and discuss individual concerns.

 

NEXT MBRU MEETING: 

February 13th12 to 2 PM at the Memphis Center For Independent Living 1633 Madison Ave. 

 

In Solidarity, 

MBRU Executive Committee 

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