Officials celebrate Earth Day with mass transit
By Kerri Bartlett, Assistant Editor
(Left to right) Officials who participated in the event are Williamson County Economic Development Interim Director Jeremiah Pyron, Spring Hill City Administrator Victor Lay, Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson, City of Franklin Mayor Ken Moore, City of Franklin Planner Kelly C. Dannenfelser and newly elected Spring Hill Mayor Rick Graham.
In celebration Earth Day and Transit Week, Williamson County officials used public transportation to cruise to two regional meetings in Nashville, April 17.
“The purpose is to provide an alternate trip to Nashville for people who might live in Williamson County but work in the city,” said Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson.
Anderson joined City of Franklin Mayor Ken Moore, newly elected Spring Hill Mayor Rick Graham, Williamson County Economic Development Interim Director Jeremiah Pyron, City of Franklin Planner Kelly C. Dannenfelser, Transportation Management Association Executive Director Debbie Henry in an effort to spotlight the effective transportation options in Middle Tennessee.
The trip began with transportation via Franklin Transit Authority’s TODD (Transit on DemanD) service, which picked up officials at their respective offices and transported them to the RTA Express Bus 91X pick-up location on Highway 96. Officials rode the RTA Express Service to Nashville. At the conclusion of their meetings, they returned to Franklin using the regional commuter vanpool, VanStar.
“It was nice to have someone else drive,” Anderson said. “There’s Wi -Fi, and a T.V., you can read the paper, work on your iPad or take a 30-minute snooze on your way to Nashville.”
Franklin Transit Authority operates three fixed routes throughout the City of Franklin, in addition to the TODD (Transit On DemanD) service. Transit vehicles are equipped with bicycle racks, increasing sustainable transportation connections throughout the Franklin area.
“It’s also a great way to get cars off the road in order to improve air quality. It’s just another building block to make the community better,” said Anderson, who serves as a co-host for “Air Quality TV” broadcast on Williamson County channel 3 and NewsChannel5+.
“It is wonderful to have county and city officials show their support of our public transit services by sharing the ride to and from Nashville,” said Debbie Henry, executive director of Franklin Transit Authority.
“Earth Day is April 22, and Transit Week is April 21 through 27, so it is the perfect time to spotlight alternative, environmentally friendly transportation options by sharing the ride on public transit.”
Anderson was pleased with the services and with the ride
“We wanted to assess whether we were getting our money’s worth. Residents on the bus couldn’t say enough good things about the service,” Anderson said.
The TMA Group manages and operates Franklin Transit Authority and VanStar services. The Regional Transportation Authority operates six regional bus routes between downtown Nashville and Murfreesboro, Gallatin/Hendersonville, Franklin/Brentwood, Spring Hill/Thompson's Station, Springfield/Joelton and Clarksville. Visit www.rtarelaxandride.com for additional information.
For more information about Franklin Transit Authority and its services, visit www.franklintransit.org or call 615-628-0260. For additional information about VanStar – A Better Commute regional commuter vanpool, visit www.vanstar.com.
Posted on: 4/19/2013