Mid-South News
2:49 am
Fri August 10, 2007

The Future of City-Wide Transporation

Memphis, TN – To live in Memphis, you have to have a car. At least that's what most Memphis drivers say. But what if you don't have one? Chances are you ride the bus, walk, or take your bike to get everywhere you need to go. Next week, the Memphis Metropolitan Planning Organization holds a series of public workshops, intended to let citizens have a hand in the future of citywide transportation.

For environmental as well as economic reasons, options for travel are key. So how are we doing? Do we have options here in Memphis? Sarah Ledbetter visits with people at the North Terminal of the MATA bus system, and with a veteran cyclist, about what's involved in getting around Memphis without a car.

The Memphis Metropolitan Planning Organization, which sets priorities for State-funded changes to roads and transit, hosts the workshops which, Mr. Morris says, shape the future of this area's transit policy. That's pretty big, especially as commuters begin looking for more sustainable travel options.

The public meetings are scheduled as follows:

Tuesday, August 14th

at Hickory Hill Community Center and

Whitehaven Public Library

Thursday, August 16th at Southaven City Hall and

Bartlett Station Municipal Center.

All meetings will be held from 6 to 7:30pm, except Whitehaven, which is 6:30 to 7:30 pm.

To learn more, visit the website of the Long-Range Transportation Plan at www.memphismobility.com, or call Paul Morris at (901) 379-7849.