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New MATA Shuttle Route Coming to Shelby Farms Park on 9.10.16

MATA, Shelby Farms Park Conservancy and Agricenter International today announced Route 47, a route which will enable Memphians to easily connect to several of the city’s favorite destinations on the weekend.  The route will begin operating on September 10 and is scheduled to run Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 am to 6:15 pm (map + schedule included below).

Route 47 will pick up at State Road and Mullins Station Road and will bring customers to stops at Shelby Farms Park and Agricenter International including First Tennessee Foundation Visitor Center, Woodland Discovery Playground, FedEx Event Center and the Farmer’s Market. In addition, customers can easily connect to the Shelby Farms Park - Agricenter Route from the Summer Avenue Route (#53).

“Shelby Farms Park belongs to everyone in our community, and we’re always looking for ways to increase accessibility. We are thrilled about this new route that will give more Memphians an easy way to access  Shelby Farms Park, especially the new Heart of the Park amenities, on the weekend,” says Jen Andrews, Executive Director, Shelby Farms Park Conservancy.  “We’re grateful that our partnership with MATA will enable us to welcome more visitors than ever before via green public transportation.”

Ron Garrison, Chief Executive Officer, MATA, agrees, “We understood the value of the air quality and emissions reduction benefit that would be realized by people choosing the shuttle route to access Shelby Farms Park and Agricenter International.  Given the number of annual visitors to Shelby Farms Park, this just made sense for MATA to serve this area in an effort to connect people to one  of the largest urban parks in the nation.”

“Agricenter is pleased to partner with Shelby Farms Park Conservancy and MATA to provide a bus route that includes a stop at Agricenter Farmer’s Market,”  says John Butler, President, Agricenter International.

The new route will be funded through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration’s Congestion Mitigation and Air Qualty Improvement (CMAQ) Program.

 

ABOUT MATA: MATA is the public transportation provider for the Memphis area. As one of the largest transit operators in the state of Tennessee, MATA transports nearly eight million customers a year in the City of Memphis, parts of Shelby County and the City of West Memphis on fixed-route buses, paratransit vehicles and rubber-tired and vintage rail trolleys. For more information, visit www.matatransit.com.

ABOUT SHELBY FARMS PARK CONSERVANCY (SFPC): Shelby Farms Park Conservancy is the 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that is working to help Shelby Farms Park reach its potential as a celebrated urban park that defines and shapes a great city. SFPC manages and operates the 4,500 acres of Shelby Farms Park and 10.65 miles of Shelby Farms Greenline. Each year, SFPC privately raises more than $2 million (more than 75 percent of its operating budget) to keep the Park and Greenline clean, green and safe. www.shelbyfarmspark.org

ABOUT SHELBY FARMS PARK: At 4,500 acres, Shelby Farms Park in Memphis, Tennessee is one of the largest urban parks in the country.  With a visionary master plan designed by James Corner Field Operations, it's poised to become one of the best.  Today, the Park features miles of paved and unpaved trails, hundreds of acres of woodlands, dozens of lakes and ponds, the new Woodland Discovery Playground, a buffalo herd, meadows, grasslands, pavilions, a Go Ape Treetop Adventure Course and more.  www.shelbyfarmspark.org

ABOUT HEART OF THE PARK: Heart of the Park is a visionary re-imagining of the Lake - a well-loved but ecologically dysfunctional lake in the center of the Park. The Heart of the Park will become a vibrant and diverse community hub, an environmental teaching tool, an important part of the business plan to sustain the Park, a gathering place for health and recreation, relaxation, and big water adventure. It will be an exemplar for innovative urban landscape design, environmentally responsive architecture, and world class programming for health, happiness and inclusion for the Mid-South.

ABOUT AGRICENTER INTERNATIONAL:  Agricenter International, a 1,000 acre farm, is a non-profit dedicated to agricultural research, education, and conservation.  It has a $524 million annual economic impact on the region, hosts over 1.3 million visitors annually, and educates over 4,000 students. For more information visit www.agricenter.org or call 901-757-7777.

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