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American Public Transportation Association

 Technical Tours

Tuesday, May 24, from 2:00-5:00 p.m.

MATA has arranged for the following two informative technical tours. Please sign up for the tour at the host information desk in the APTA registration area in the Convention Center.

Intelligent Transportation Systems Program

MATA has begun a program of technology improvements that will increase the efficiency of service delivery to passengers and upgrade in-house operations management capabilities. The initial phase of the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) program is presently being implemented.

The initial phase consists of:

  • Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) system using GPS technology
  • Electronic bus arrival time displays (in real time)
  • Automatic voice annunciation system for announcement of stops
  • On-board automatic passenger counters
  • On-board automatic vehicle diagnostics (Vehicle Health Monitoring)
  • Radio communication system (replacement)
  • Computer-aided dispatching (CAD) capability
  • Cell-phone based messaging for real time bus schedule information
  • Transit Signal Priority using GPS technology

Almost 300 vehicles are being equipped, including a variety of vehicle types: fixed route buses, paratransit buses, vintage rail trolleys, and service vehicles.

The tour will take place at MATA’s Bus Operations and Maintenance Facility at 1370 Levee Road where the contractor is in the process of installing and testing the various equipment and components. Buses and service vehicles will be on display and the tour will include “back office” systems and support equipment, such as the radio system, and CAD system.

The total cost of the project is approximately $12 million. The ITS system will be operational in Fall 2011.

Airways Transit Center

What You Will See

The Airways Transit Center will be a major focal point for local transit services in the southwest area of Memphis, Tennessee near the Memphis International Airport. The facility will improve MATA’s ability to make efficient connections with our local bus routes to intercity bus services provided by Greyhound. It will serve as a major connection for bus passengers traveling east and west in the southern part of Memphis and provide better connections to the airport. Greyhound will provide direct intercity bus connections to major cities such as Dallas, New Orleans, St. Louis, and Nashville. A future use of the facility may include a light rail station on MATA’s planned Downtown-Airport Light Rail Line.

The transit center is being constructed on about nine acres of property on the northwest corner of the intersection of Airways Blvd. and Brooks Road. The facility is about 30,000 square feet in size. The facility will function as a bus transit center for MATA, intercity bus terminal for Greyhound, taxi stand, and parking for passengers using public transportation.

Project Cost

The project’s construction cost will total about $11,500,000. Total project costs including property acquisition, demolition, and design are about $15,000,000.

LEED Certification

The project is seeking Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification through the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). The project is attempting to gain LEED Silver Certification.  The project will be one of the first public LEED certified buildings in Memphis and nationally for Greyhound.

Public Art

The project will include public art that was procured through a collaborative partnership with the Memphis Urban Art Commission. The public art will consist of hanging displays of unique shapes and colors in the shared common space for both Greyhound and MATA passengers. The artwork will be developed by Walter Kravitz, Professor of Painting and Drawing at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. He has a long history and list of public commissions and exhibitions to display his artwork at various facilities across the United States.

Other Features

Other features at the facility include food services for waiting passengers, restrooms, Greyhound driver operations area, police substation, and community meeting room or future lease space.

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