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Emily T
1548 Poplar Avenue
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the project

This project, in partnership with Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA), will place seats at 24 high-demand bus stops in Memphis neighborhoods. MATA currently has (or has plans to install) bus shelters where 50 or more people board every day. But many stops, even on main corridors, are not scheduled to get shelters and do not have seating. Moreover, the bus doesn't run that often on many routes, so passengers often have to wait 20 minutes or more. Seats would make that wait a lot more comfortable.

Most of the cost for the seats can be paid for by the federal transportation funding MATA receives, but a 'local match' of 20 percent is required and there is limited funding available for transit locally. This campaign will provide the matching dollars. 

MATA is working hard to improve their service to existing riders and make transit more attractive to other residents who might ride in the future. Colorful and comfortable bus stop seats are one small enhancement that can help in that effort. We hope these 24 seats can be the first of many that can be installed throughout the MATA system.

the steps

Once the fundraising campaign is complete, MATA will solicit proposals from companies that provide bus stop seating, select a vendor, and order the seats. Livable Memphis will work with MATA to help select potential locations, and MATA will install the seats. 

why we're doing it

Currently, most of MATA's riders are low income and have few if any other transportation options. Many of them are waiting for the bus to work early in the morning or late in the day. Having seats available could provide a small improvement to their travel experience. 


DISBURSEMENT BUDGET (as of 10/7/15):

RAISED = $3,580.00
ioby Platform Fee  $35.00
 Payment Processing Fee (3%) $103.25



The estimated cost of 24 seats is $15,575. The campaign represents 20 percent of that cost.

SUBTOTAL = $3,150
ioby Platform Fee  $35
3rd Party Payment Processing Fee (3%) $95

Extra funds will go towards purchasing additional seats.


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