Memphians concerned over availability, funding of public transportation

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Many people in Memphis depend on public transit to get around and get to work.

The Labor Network for Sustainability is hosting a community meeting today that features testimony from workers and riders who depend on public transit.

Keeping public transit available and economical for labor workers who need to get to work is part of the plan in Memphis.

FOX13′s Jeremy Pierre spoke with a man who says his everyday journey to work is becoming an issue, putting him and others at risk of losing their jobs.

Imagine having to wake up four hours before you have to be at work just to make sure you don’t miss the bus.

Orlando Holland said that’s exactly what’s happening to him.

“We got a lot of people that go to these warehouses that depend on MATA like me,” Holland said.

Labor workers said if MATA isn’t properly funded, workers suffer.

The virtual discussion will take place tonight and tomorrow night at 6 p.m.

Check out the link here.

Feb. 4 is Transit Day of Action, and is also the birthday of Rosa Parks. The day highlights the need for safe and affordable public transit in the community.