WEST MEMPHIS, Ark . — The City of West Memphis is entering the beginning stages of returning a transit system to their city.
It’s been two years since West Memphis and MATA ended their partnership providing transit for people to get back forward over the bridge.
Mayor Marco McClendon is exploring options for the city to partner with a transit company to help manage what he said will be the West Memphis Transit Authority.
Plans for a new transit system have been in the works even before the contract with MATA ended two years ago.
“I can’t continue to let the senior citizens walk back and forth to the hospital, doctor appointments. mothers and fathers walking to work. Walking to the grocery stores. We are a better city than that,” McClendon said.
McClendon said the state of Arkansas provided more than $400,000 a year to fund the MATA partnership.
The mayor said the city is working to get the state to reestablish the funding that once went to MATA to support the city’s new transit system.
“We are starting out looking at four. Now I’ll be honest with you: our buses will not be as big as MATA buses. We don’t need nothing that big. We are looking at 24-passenger shuttle buses,” McClendon said.
McClendon said this planned transit system just got more important.
“We are moving forward. Matter of fact the only cab company in West Memphis ceased operations yesterday,” McClendon said.
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