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MATA passengers say they are being dropped off one mile from their destination in West Memphis MATA passengers say they are being dropped off one mile from their destination in West Memphis
Passengers took video of the dangerous walk they must take along the interstate Passengers took video of the dangerous walk they must take along the interstate
WEST MEMPHIS, AR -

(WMC-TV) - People who take the bus to Southland Park complain that the MATA bus service is dropping passengers off one mile away from the door.

The MATA board is getting an earful from angry riders who say they deserve safe transit, regardless of where they are going.

Late summer, the MATA green route that once serviced Southland Greyhound Park in West Memphis started dropping passengers off on the I-40 service road instead.

The new drop-off prompted passengers to shoot video of the long, dangerous walk they say they were forced to take to their destination.

"It's only a matter of time before someone gets hurt," said Brad Watkins, Memphis Bus Riders Union.

Brad Watkins, who represents the Memphis Bus Riders Union, says the video got the bus stop and route changed, but not for the better.

"This new route is more dangerous than the one before," he said.

Now, riders are being dropped off near the hotel, but they have a longer walk, which requires them to go across a busy interstate overpass to reach their destination.

MATA told Action News 5 that the bus service is a contract with the city of West Memphis and that the city determines the routes and stops.

The city of West Memphis told Action News 5 to contact Southland. The race track said it requested to be taken out of the service loop because of the liability associated with allowing public transit on their private property is not worth the trouble. Regardless, Southland said it does not set routes or stops.

"MATA and West Memphis and Southland have gotta get together, get their stories straight, and provide a safe route where people aren't in harm's way," said Watkins. "We want to stop this before something bad happens."

Watkins continued, "That's all we're asking for, a reasonable amount of safety."

Watkins says the riders have been stopped and warned by Arkansas State Police that it is illegal to walk the interstate.

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