The Greater Memphis Chamber has announced the Top 10 Businesses to watch in 2017 – Memphis Area Transit Authority is one of them.
“Earlier this year, Ron Garrison, MATA’s president and CEO, caught the attention of public officials to approve the funding for new buses. Since coming on board in the fall of 2014, he led the effort to improve staffing capability, find new funding sources, improve on-time performance, decrease maintenance costs and get trolleys back on the rails. MATA had been “doing more with less that just about any transit system in the country.” Garrison said. But he isn’t interested in just making do. “We’re laying the groundwork to rebuild MATA,” he said. We are relying on innovation and partnerships, including the private/public partnership to redevelop the 17-acre Central Station footprint that anchors South Main to the rest of Memphis. A developing strategic plan will open the way to be more responsive to the community. There are new routes starting in 2017 and plans for a bus rapid transit system. The improved trolleys – rebuilt to new standards and specifications – will look like trolleys from the early 1900’s but with the latest technology. “We’re going to be an example for the entire country,” Garrison said.”