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Transit Means Business for Middle Tennessee

by Stephanie Coleman | Apr 06, 2012
Few would disagree that expanding transit options in Middle Tennessee is critical to our future prosperity and livability, particularly as the region’s population and the cost of gas continue to climb. Fortunately, many in the city and region are aware of the challenges and opportunities ahead and are working to find solutions. Still, we know it will take a community-wide effort to move forward with new transportation options for Nashville-area residents and visitors.

That’s why we’re excited to share information about Transit Week, which takes place April 16-22. This fourth annual observation of the importance of transit will feature a number of community events and programs that will bring awareness to the transit options that exist in the Nashville area.

Along with Transit Now Nashville, the Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee, and Mayor Karl Dean's office, the Chamber is hosting a special event Wednesday, April 18, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Chamber office (211 Commerce Street, Suite 100).

During the event, Mayor Dean will introduce a discussion of "Transit Means Business" with a specific focus on the new East-West Connector rapid transit project that is now moving into the design phase. Following Mayor Dean’s comments, the Transit Alliance will provide an overview of the East-West Connector project, and then a panel will discuss the business impact of this important new transit initiative. Bring your lunch; soft drinks will be provided. To register, click here.

Other events during Transit Week include:
  • Mon. April 16 – All A-Board with Mayor Karl Dean: Mayor Karl Dean will help officially kick off Transit Week with one of his regular “Mayor on Board” bus rides. Join in by taking transit to work, out to lunch or somewhere fun this day.
  • Thurs. April 19 – Music City Star Excursion: Join the Nashville Civic Design Center and take a ride on the Music City Star to Lebanon Station. Disembark and enjoy a tour of The Mill at Lebanon with food, libations, and more for only $10 per person. Sign up online because space is limited and reservations are required. The train will arrive at 5:30 p.m. and will depart promptly at 5:45 p.m. A bus will return participants to Nashville by 8 p.m.
  • Fri. April 20 – Put the Music in Music City Circuit: Take the free Music City Circuit Green Line to the Gulch or Downtown from 6-7pm and enjoy live local music while you ride to dine. Featured restaurant partners will be offering Transit Week specials all evening for you this night. Please check for participating restaurants.
  • Sat. April 21 – Live Green & Healthy – Take Transit to Earth Day! Take the bus to Earth Day at Centennial Park on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Route # 3 runs on West End) and swing by the Transit Now Nashville booth for giveaways and to learn more about transit. See for more information.
  • Sun. April 22, 2012 – LIVE IT UP! Downtown Home Tour: Catch a glimpse of urban life and enjoy easy access to all types of transit at the LIVE IT UP! Downtown Home Tour. Visit the Nashville Downtown Partnership for tickets and more information.
Category: Policy