MATA, Greyhound unveil new Memphis transit center
A new terminal for both the Memphis Areas Transit Authority (MATA) and Greyhound has opened in Memphis. The 30,000-square-foot Airways Transit Center will act as a hub for number of the MATA buses and will also act as the new Greyhound terminal for Memphis. The new building replaces Greyhound’s old home in downtown Memphis. MATA will own and operate the terminal; Greyhound Lines Inc. is the major tenant. Space also has been provided for the Memphis Police Department.
The total cost of the project, including property acquisition demolition and design is about $15 million. The construction cost is about $11.5 million. The terminal will employee between 30 and 40, which will include people from MATA, Greyhound and other tenants.
It is estimated that Greyhound will have about 60 buses entering and exiting the terminal on a normal day. There are 16 canopy-covered bus berths, allowing passengers to move from inside the terminal to a bus completely under roof.
Initially, about four routes and 200 MATA buses will enter and exit on a typical weekday. There are four canopy-covered bus berths on the site, allowing customers to exit the terminal and board a bus without getting wet during rainy weather.
“We are so pleased to be a part of the Airways Transit Center,” said Myron Watkins, Greyhound vice president of Customer Experience. “Joining MATA in the intermodal facility opens up additional transportation options for our passengers, which is a true benefit. We look forward to serving as good community partners for many years to come.”
“This beautiful new facility represents a great step forward for MATA, as well as the City of Memphis,” said William Hudson, MATA president and general manager. “We are proud of the features and conveniences this building offers visitors and the enhanced routes we now can deliver to MATA customers.
The Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA) is largest transit operator in the state of Tennessee, and is fully committed to providing top customer service in every aspect of its operation from trolleys to regular fixed route service.
Greyhound is the largest North American provider of intercity bus transportation, serving more than 3,800 destinations across the continent.