MATA Announces Hiring of New General Manager

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA) Board of Commissioners today announced that Ronald L. Garrison joined MATA as the new General Manager. The selection of Garrison followed an extensive nationwide search.

Ron Garrison is a 25-year transit professional who held General Manager and executive management positions in both the public and private sectors of the mass transit industry.  Read the full release here.

Nashville-area mayors stress transit needs

Wednesday, October 08, 2014
If the Nashville area doesn’t address transit concerns, the region is in trouble.

The point was stressed Tuesday by the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and several mayors throughout Middle Tennessee who are concerned about long commutes for their residents and the impact of congestion on economic development.

Read more from the Tennessean here.

Funds awarded for Enterprise South transit service

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority was awarded $1.7 million in state funds to begin working on transit service to the Enterprise South Industrial Park. CARTA plans to create four designated routes to and from Enterprise South.

The three-year pilot program would also connect riders to its main line, Cleveland Transit and public transit services provided by the Southeast Tennessee Human Resource Agency. Executive Director Lisa Maragnano said the service will be up and running sometime next year. 

Read more here.

Franklin seeks plan to fix Cool Springs traffic woes

Wednesday, August 06, 2014
Faced with the certainty of Cool Springs’ traffic worsening in the next decade, Franklin traffic planners are pushing ahead with the city’s first-ever multi-modal transportation plan specifically for its retail and office area.

“With economic growth comes opportunities to study and implement effective shared mobility options that will be of benefit to the area,” said Debbie Henry, executive director for the TMA Group, in a statement.

Early proposals for improving traffic flow will explore ridesharing, including van pooling and carpooling, a transit fixed-route and express bus service, park and ride facilities, and a pedestrian/bicycle system.

Read more here.

New lawsuits put small railroad money again in jeopardy

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Tennessee's small branch rail lines — including the one that carries the Music City Star commuter trains — are at risk over a new funding crisis, their supporters say.

Read more here.

MTA taps ex-Pittsburgh transit leader as CEO

Thursday, July 17, 2014
The Metro Transit Authority Board of Directors today approved the hiring of public transit industry veteran Stephen G. Bland to serve as CEO, effective Aug. 25.

Bland replaces Paul J. Ballard, who is now with the Fort Worth Transportation Authority as president and CEO.

Read more here.

Spring Hill mulls rail transportation to Nashville

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Rail transit to Nashville could be the future for Spring Hill commuters.  With Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization readying to call for projects from members, Assistant City Administrator Dan Allen said the city of Spring Hill might want to consider commuter rail lines to ease local traffic congestion and provide more direct connections to Franklin and Nashville.

Read more here.

Sen. Corker proposes gas tax hike

Thursday, June 19, 2014
Sen. Bob Corker announced today a bipartisan plan to help pay for roads and highway programs by raising federal gasoline and diesel taxes for the first time in more than two decades.

Corker, who joined in the proposal with Sen. Chris Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat, proposed raising the taxes by 12 cents over the next two years. After that, the tax would be tied to inflation to avoid future shortfalls.

Read more from the Tennessean here.

Chattanooga eyes $35 million light rail system

Sunday, May 11, 2014
Rail travel in Chattanooga could be poised for a comeback if a plan to resurrect the city's underused infrastructure passes muster with the U.S. Department of Transportation. 

Read more here.

Nashville bus rapid transit on track for funds

Monday, August 12, 2013
Metro transit officials are one step closer in their bid to secure up to $75 million in funding for the proposed bus rapid transit line.

Last week, federal transit officials alerted the Metropolitan Transit Authority that the $174 million bus rapid transit line, dubbed The Amp, had been approved for the next phase of the application process.

Read more here.