Transit Now Nashville is a local grassroots organization whose mission is to raise awareness of the benefits of regional mass transit options for the people living in the Greater Nashville Area. We began as a spin-off from the online forum Nashville Charrette following extensive online discussions about mass transit, including responses to Franklin Conaway’s presentation in spring of 2008 on streetcars at the Nashville Civic Design Center (NCDC). A group from the online discussion decided to meet at the coffee shop Crema one Saturday morning in May 2008. At that meeting, Scott, Mary, Brian and Cliff informally established what was to become Transit Now Nashville. Soon after that, there was a gas spike and interest in our group continued to gain momentum. For the first two years, we met almost every week and in less than 10 months our group of volunteers created a website, blogged over 55 posts, and met with many transit related agencies and specialists. We gave a presentation at NCDC’s CityThink and launched the first Transit Week the following spring, which has become a yearly event.
Transit Now Nashville was officially incorporated on February 12, 2009. Following another year of active efforts to educate the public on the benefits of transit options, the board held its first annual strategy session in January 2010. At that meeting, the board decided to pursue program development, funding options, greater board diversity, and the creation of an advisory committee. Transit Now Nashville took an important step forward with its approval of 501(c)3 status since November 2010. We have also made progress toward regular funding. In the Spring of 2009, we won an Local Coalition Grant from the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) for $3,000 and in 2010, we won $5,000.
Our top three goals are to:
In 2012, with the help of another APTA grant, we launched Transit Camps where we worked with area institutions of higher learning to educate incoming students about how to use public transportation. We are also planning on launching our Transit Mobile App for iPhone and Android users to improve rider safety and public transportation reliability while increasing ridership.
Transit Camp is a scalable, modular and user-specific public education program developed with support from the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) to educate the public, increase local ridership, and build an increased public transportation advocacy foundation at the local and regional levels. This program was created after two years of public education experience and planning sessions with our Advisory Board in January 2011.
Pilot Period (Jan-June 2012): Transit Now Nashville partnered with the Metro Nashville Public Health Department to develop a pilot project for an educational program focused on incorporating public transportation use as a component of the workplace and living a healthy lifestyle.
TNN will kicked off the pilot project in a brainstorming session with the Health Department leaders to develop a core curriculum and selected program participants. A course syllabus was designed for the students to build a habit of using transit, gain first-hand experience, and develop a fascination with public transit.
The goal of this program is to increase the participation in the MTA Easy Ride program associated with this pilot program.
Transit Camp Launch: From the lessons learned in this pilot project, TNN captured the core curriculum and developed two educational programs, one offered to other businesses that engage in MTA’s Outcome goals/Performance Measurement: The goal of this program is to increase the participation in the Easy Ride program associated with this program. The second, was designed for college students.
Outcome goals/Performance Measurement: The goal of Transit Week is to increase ridership and raise awareness of the benefits of transit. Every year, the Board strives to increase the prominence of the events with a formal proclamation from the Mayor’s Office recognizing the benefit of Transit Week to the City of Nashville, increasing newspaper articles and mentions in various media outlets, and inviting distinguished transit leaders to present a topic of interest. TNN will monitor the increase in our social networking sites and track the number of unique page views of our website.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
This organization files a 990-N form with the IRS, which does not provide specific financial information. Most small tax-exempt organizations whose annual gross receipts are normally $50,000 or less ($25,000 for tax years ending after December 31, 2007 and before December 31, 2010) are required to electronically submit Form 990-N, also known as the e-Postcard, unless they choose to file a complete Form 990 or Form 990-EZ instead.
One million more people will move to the Middle Tennessee region before 2035, making the lack of public transportation in this area a significant and pressing issue. Consensus is growing that expanded transportation options will be critical both to our future economic stability and growth, as well as the environmental well-being of our region.
The need for better mobility in and access to small urban and rural communities is placing new emphasis on the availability of public transportation services, as this will be essential in sustaining and guiding growth in flourishing areas as well as revitalizing areas that continue to struggle.
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