Jump to content


This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.


72% of Memphians support LRT

Recommended Posts


February 17, 2004

Survey: Memphians favor light-rail

According to a survey conducted by Ragland Research, 73% of adults living in Memphis favor completion of a light rail system connecting Downtown and the Medical Center with Memphis International Airport.

Here's the breakdown, according to frequency of use:

14% of respondents say they would use the system every day;

21% would use it once a week;

21% would use it once a month; and

29% would use the system "on infrequent occasions."

Another 15%, among those that favor completing the system, say they would never use it. 10% oppose completing the system, while 17% of the respondents had no opinion.

The survey consisted of "several carefully constructed subparts" designed to include a balance of existing transit users and those who rarely use public transit, according to the Memphis Area Transit Authority.

Attention was given to residents who live along one of the two proposed routes for extension of the Madison Avenue line from the Medical Center to the airport, and to other residents.

Survey respondents who presently ride the bus would tend to use the fully expanded rail system most heavily -- up to 49% daily -- according to the survey.

Results of the attitudinal survey are scheduled to be presented Tuesday afternoon to the MATA Board of Commissioners by a principal of MATA's marketing firm, Thompson & Co.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

I did not know that about the Memphis trolley cars. The cars in Memphis are imported from around the world - a number of them used to run in Portugal. I'm unsure if any from Memphis' old days are in use today.

Regardless, if they complete the airport or Germantown-Collierville lines, it'll be new modernized LRV's.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm surprised that that many people would support LRT. If the high public approval is any indication, there shouldn't be any problems getting the proposed lines built.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.