Franklin Tomorrow was part of a group of local nonprofits and government agencies which collaborated to hold the Williamson County Community Leaders Conversation on Transit on Thursday, Nov. 12, at Franklin City Hall.
According to a story online at the Williamson Herald, Steve Bland, executive director of Regional Transportation Authority gave a presentation on the organization’s strategic plan, nMotion, which is currently being updated and asked for the approximately 100-member audience’s input.
“Everyone is an expert in transportation,” Bland said. “I don’t want anyone to say, ‘I didn’t know this was going on.’”
The public meeting drew leaders from the Williamson County delegation, including Reps. Glen Casada and Charles Sargent as well as Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson and Franklin Mayor Ken Moore, who both addressed the crowd about the issue.
The RTA strategic plan outlines current transit options and seeks to enhance and expand transportation opportunities across Middle Tennessee, including Williamson County partly in partnership with the Transportation Management Association (TMA) Group, which manages and operates Franklin Transit Authority located on Columbia Avenue.
Bland explained RTA – which services about 600,000 riders a year and contracts with Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) – seeks to provide more choices for transit, including bus, van, or park and ride programs, and more connections for those options throughout the county and region.
“Everything’s on the table, so think hard,” said Pat Emery, who serves on the board of directors of The TMA Group, welcoming the crowd in the city’s training room.
First, county resident Greg Young, who serves on the board of directors for Cumberland Region Tomorrow, emphasized that reliable transportation leads to economic success.
To view Bland’s presentation, click the link below.