The purpose of the Moving Forward initiative is to ensure the creation of a regional transportation solution through a cohesive community effort. This will be accomplished by engaging business and community leaders in an annual, systematic review of the region’s progress toward implementing regional transportation.

Moving Forward has released its inaugural scorecard, tracking our region’s successes – and the challenges ahead – in creating a regional transit network.


Moving Forward is governed by a Coordinating Committee, three issue-specific Task Forces and an Advisory Forum that are reviewing our region’s progress and identifying recommendations toward achieving these goals. The Task Forces are meeting monthly and the Coordinating Committee meets approximately bimonthly, having started in August 2015 and concluding with the Moving Forward report release expected in June 2017. Moving Forward continues to convene community partners and provide ongoing coordinating support to the initiative.

Having reviewed MTA’s budget request for fiscal year 2017-2018 in light of the nMotion transit plan and Moving Forward’s 2016 Report, Moving Forward is pleased to send a letter of support requesting substantial, strategic funding in the upcoming budget for MTA to continue aggressive implementation of nMotion. Click here to read the letter.

As of Thursday, May 11, Moving Forward has announced that the Revenue and Finance task force has begun phase two of its analysis of potential funding sources for transit projects in Middle Tennessee. Click here to read the press release.

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Learn more about Moving Forward by viewing our 2016 Moving Forward report, our regional transit funding report or by emailing us.

Progress will be measured toward the following goals:

  • Support the completion of an RTA and MTA Strategic Plan update by the end of 2016.
  • Support the identification and passage of state and federal government revenue enhancements for transit by the end of 2017.
  • Ensure at least 30,000 engagements with Middle Tennesseans in the transit conversation by the end of 2017.
  • Identify and secure a local dedicated funding source for transit in the region by the end of 2018.
  • Support breaking ground on the first rapid transit project in the region by the end of 2020.

Moving Forward
P.O. Box 198932
Nashville, TN 37219

Coordinating Committee 

Purpose: To ensure the creation of a regional transportation solution through a cohesive community effort. 

Chair: Gary Garfield
Vice Chair: Pete Wooten, Financial advisor, Pinnacle Financial Partners

Revenue and Finance Task Force 

Purpose: To expand transit in our region by investigating funding sources. 

Chair: Don Abel
Vice Chair: Mary Cavarra, executive vice president and CFO, Ingram Industries

Routes/Network and Modes Task Force

Purpose: To help all people move about this prosperous region by envisioning the transportation system we need. 

Chair: Bert Mathews, President, The Mathews Company
Vice Chair: Rev. Judy Cummings, New Covenant Christian Church & Interdenominational Ministers Fellowship

Public Engagement Task Force

Purpose: To support forward-thinking transit solutions in Middle Tennessee by educating and engaging people throughout the region.

Chair: Hannah Paramore-Breen, President, Paramore Digital
Vice Chair: Gini Pupo-Walker, Senior Director of Education Policy & Strategic Growth, Conexión Américas 

Advisory Forum

Purpose: To provide informed feedback on Moving Forward task force findings and recommendations.

Chair: Rob McCabe, Chairman, Pinnacle Financial Partners

Speaker Series

Throughout the year, Moving Forward brings national experts to Middle Tennessee to help our residents learn more about improving public transportation. Speaker Series events are open to the public and can be found on our event calendar. 

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