MATA coming back to West Memphis

WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. — After a few years of no public transportation in the city of West Memphis, buses will be coming back.

Mayor McClendon and the City of West Memphis have partnered with the City of Memphis and MATA to help bring public transportation to those in need.

“This program is an amazing example of what we can accomplish when we work together,” said Mayor McClendon.

According to a release, the West Memphis Area Transit reimagines public transit with Ready! by MATA.

“By providing public transportation service for West Memphis, Arkansas, the Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA) would help improve mobility for that community without sacrificing growth and innovation opportunities for Memphis area residents,” said Bacarra Mauldin, MATA Chief of Staff. “If approved, funding from the City of West Memphis would cover all operational and staffing costs related to their services.”

The curb-to-curb transit service is similar to private ride-hailing services like Uber or Lyft.

West Memphis Ready! riders can reserve a pick-up or drop-off within the area by phone or mobile app, with the ability to track their rides, a release said.

West Memphis Ready! by MATA transit vans can transport up to eight passengers and are accessible to people living with disabilities.

The cost is MATA’s fixed-rate fare of $2 per ride.

For more information about West Memphis Ready!, visit www.matatransit.com/ready.