Innovate Memphis is pleased to announce that Chief of Staff and City Innovation Director Courtney McNeal was appointed to the Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA) Board of Commissioners on February 6, 2024. McNeal was appointed by City Mayor Paul Young and approved unanimously by the Memphis City Council. The nine-member MATA Board of Commissioners governs policy for the local transit agency.
McNeal also serves as co-chair of Mayor Young’s Transportation & Infrastructure transition subcommittee and oversees Innovate Memphis’ 901 Ride Choice program that provides free, on-demand rides to health and wellness resources. McNeal’s first role with Innovate Memphis was leading an extensive community engagement campaign to identify constituents’ priorities and desires for improved public transportation. This engagement effort informed Transit Vision 3.0 – a plan to improve transportation access, frequency and reliability completed in partnership with the City, MATA and Jarrett Walker + Associates in 2019.
When preparing for the appointment vote, Councilwoman Rhonda Logan had this to say about McNeal’s contributions: “I worked with [Courtney] on Transit Vision, and she was phenomenal, always very progressive and open to trying to find ways to make it happen… I’m so happy to see it was you [on the appointment agenda]. I think you’ll be a great asset.”
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