Today the Memphis Metropolitan Planning Organization issued final approval on six Transportation Alternatives grants to the City of Memphis and the Memphis Area Transit Authority. The combined value of all grants nears $2.2 million.
The City received funding for the following projects (total project cost in parenthesis):
- Kirby Parkway and Timber Trail Crossing Upgrade ( $220,000): An enhanced pedestrian crossing in front of Kirby High School with a refuge median, crossing signal, and new sidewalk.
- Shelby Farms Greenline Crossing Enhancements ($425,250): Installation of pedestrian crossing signals and signage at all intersections along the Greenline that currently lack signals of any kind.
- Christian Brothers University Pedestrian Access Improvements ($750,000): Modernization of the traffic signals and pedestrian crossings at Central Avenue and East Parkway as well as Early Maxwell Boulevard, repair to existing sidewalk along Central Ave. between East Parkway and Early Maxwell Boulevard, and re-location of bus shelters.
- Mullins Station Road Pedestrian Improvements ($106,600): Planning and design work for sidewalk repair and infill on Mullins Station Rd. between Macon Road and the Shelby Farms Greenline. The City will seek funding for the construction phase as the project progresses.
MATA submitted two joint applications together with the City and received funding for both:
- Crosstown Corridor Superstop Enhancements ($500,000): Replacement of existing bus shelters or placement of new ones, installation of new schedule and route signage and other amenities, and construction of widened sidewalks and improved crosswalks at targeted bus stops along the Route 42 corridor in Midtown.
- Bicycle Access to Transit ($150,000): Installation of approximately 400 bike racks along targeted MATA bus routes, as well as bike lockers at MATA park and ride facilities.
The timeline for each project varies, with each reaching construction likely within one to three years. As part of the planning process, public input meetings will be held in conjunction with each project.
The Transportation Alternatives program is a Federal source of grants restricted for use on infrastructure projects that address pedestrian or bicycle connectivity or access to public transportation by walking or biking. Transit vehicles, such as buses and trolleys, are not eligible expenses. The City and MATA, which have previously received TA grants, will provide a 20% local match for each grant.
Check back in the coming days for a separate and more in-depth profile on each project.