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By , Daily Memphian Updated: March 18, 2019 10:11 AM CT | Published: March 17, 2019 10:31 AM CT
<strong>Sammie Hunter (left) greets his friend Sean Huff during their morning commute on the #30 Brooks Peebles route. Hunter, who lives in East Memphis and works at Methodist South Hospital, commutes almost four hours a day on the bus.</strong>&nbsp;<strong>&ldquo;When you&rsquo;re depending solely on public transportation, that&rsquo;s our right to have sufficient transportation,&rdquo; said Hunter, who is also a co-chair of the Memphis Bus Riders Union. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a privilege and right we have to sufficient transportation.&rdquo;&nbsp;</strong>(Jim Weber/Daily Memphian)

Sammie Hunter (left) greets his friend Sean Huff during their morning commute on the #30 Brooks Peebles route. Hunter, who lives in East Memphis and works at Methodist South Hospital, commutes almost four hours a day on the bus. “When you’re depending solely on public transportation, that’s our right to have sufficient transportation,” said Hunter, who is also a co-chair of the Memphis Bus Riders Union. “It’s a privilege and right we have to sufficient transportation.” (Jim Weber/Daily Memphian)

MATA riders want improved service, and officials hope its new transit plan can address their concerns. An additional $30 million in annual funding is needed to implement changes. 

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Omer Yusuf

Omer Yusuf

Omer Yusuf covers Bartlett and North Memphis neighborhoods for The Daily Memphian. He also analyzes COVID-19 data each week. Omer is a former Jackson Sun reporter and University of Memphis graduate.


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