2003

•Franklin Transit Authority established by BOMA pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated Title, Chapter 56 to govern the operation of the transit service in Franklin 

• Diane Davidson becomes founding executive director of TMA

• Ribbon cutting ceremony held May 13 launching new Franklin public transit service 

• Service began with four vintage-style, bio-diesel burning, rubber-tired trolley vehicles

• Holly Trolley Holiday begins featuring holiday displays in Franklin, Williamson County

 

2006

• Grant from the Energy Division of Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development awarded to TMA|FTA for first hybrid-electric trolley in the state 

• Diane Thorne becomes TMA executive director

• Construction of Franklin Transit Management Center begins at 708 Columbia Ave.

 

2007

• Franklin Transit Management Center Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting 

• Franklin Transit’s new Transit On DemanD (TODD) curb-to-curb service introduced 

 

2008-10

• Trolley vehicles replaced with new cut-away style transit vehicles more conducive to all-day use six days a week. Rubber tired trolleys begin being used for special events and seasonal services

• Debbie Henry becomes TMA executive director

 

2014-15

• TMA Group on behalf of the Franklin Transit Authority contracts consulting firm TranSystems to conduct The Cool Springs Multimodal Transportation Network Study with the objective of improving mobility options in Cool Springs 

• The Cool Springs Transportation Task Force was established to determine the strategy for implementing Cool Springs Multimodal Transportation Network Study recommendations

 

2016-17

• BOMA and Franklin Transit Authority approved funding for the initial expansion of Franklin Transit’s Fixed Routes Service into the Cool Springs area

• TMA on behalf of the Franklin Transit contracted with the national transportation consulting firm TranSystems to conduct a Franklin Transit Study with the objective to review and make service recommendations for the FTA bus service

• In November 2017, TMA announced the expansion of Franklin Transit’s Fixed Route Service to include 100 new transit stops, faster service with travel times cut in half, expanded service area including Cool Springs and Columbia State Community College, a new Transit Hub at 708 Columbia Avenue and increased access to jobs and services throughout Franklin including Cool Springs.

2018-19

• Plans include additional enhancements, new technology and additional shelters to make the FTA system more modern and efficient

• 90,000 trips connecting Franklin residents to jobs, medical services, education and leisure activities, including: 

55 percent employment trips

20 percent student trips (FHS & CHS – School to Work Program)

10 percent medical trips

10 percent city events

5 percent social/shopping

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