$12 million grant given to MATA for new buses and transit stations

WATCH: MATA gets $12 million grant

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Multi-million dollar improvements are coming to MATA systems in the Mid-South.

Government officials said MATA won a federal grant to add new busses and new transit stations.

The $12 million grant will help pay for a new line connecting Downtown Memphis to the Medical District, through Overton Square.

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That money will help build 28 new transit stations and add new electric buses with WiFi and electric changing docks.

Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) released a statement concerning the grant:

"Today, the Department of Transportation announced that the city of Memphis has been awarded a $12 million BUILD grant to be used toward the design and construction of a Bus Rapid Transit line from downtown Memphis to the University of Memphis. Congratulations to Mayor Strickland and his team on a job well done. Between this new transit system and the Union Row Opportunity Zone redevelopment project, Memphis has several impressive infrastructure projects coming its way."

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