Transit Now Nashville
110 South 16th Street
Nashville TN 37206
Mission Statement
Engage the Nashville community to promote a vibrant transit system.   
CEO/Executive Director
Board Chair President Ron Yearwood
Board Chair Company Affiliation
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 2009
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
Graph: Expense Breakdown Graph - All Years
Projected Expenses $2,975.00
Projected Annual Revenue $3,200.00 (2017)
Mission Engage the Nashville community to promote a vibrant transit system.   

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:

  • Make the financial case for providing mass transit in Nashville
  • Provide resources for decision makers & riders
  • Raise awareness about mass transit issues 
Along the lines of our goals we have been able to accomplish the following objectives:
  • Partnering with Mayor's Neighborhood Challenge (2013-Present)
  • Led canvassing and grassroots advocacy efforts for the Amp Project (2011-Present) 
  • Partnering with Nashville MTA on Mobile App project - was awarded $56,000 from the Nashville MPO (2012)
  • Held four Transit Camps at Lipscomb Univ., Belmont Univ. and Watkins College (2012)
  • Completed Pilot Transit Camp Training Program with Metro Dept. of Health employees (2012)
  • Facilitated stakeholder meetings & held charrette for Nashville's downtown circulator (2010)
  • Hosted "Beyond the Motor City" and its director Aaron Wolfe (2010)
  • Held four Transit Week Celebrations to date (2010-Present)
  • Received three grants from the American Public Transportation Association for outreach and public education programs (2009-Present)
  • Held a booth at past two Live on the Green Concert series for public education (45,000 fans/year) (2010-2012)

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.   

Spread awareness of mobile transit app.
Foster engagement and participation in nMotion plan objectives, 
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer If you would like to donate by check, please make your check payable to Transit Now Nashville and mail it to 110 S. 16th St., Nashville, TN 37206
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Community Improvement, Capacity Building / Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C.
Areas of Service
Areas Served
TN - Davidson
We serve the area of Metro Nashville, Davidson County and some of the surrounding areas that are impacted by regional transportation. 
Board Chair Statement
CEO Statement

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.

  • Understanding and using the current transit system in Nashville
  • How transit works in other cities
  • How transit can change and impact health and way of life: walking, fitness, relaxation time, entertainment, etc.
  • Transit funding
  • Ballot and referendum issue in Middle Tennessee
  • Current state of transit planning in our region

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.  

Budget 25000
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Examples of Program Success
Every year since 2009, TNN has been hosting seven days of events that culminate with Nashville's Earth Day festival in mid April incorporating public transportation into the events in order to raise local attention of the benefits of public transportation.  We have hosted film makers, hosted a pub crawl with downtown buses, designed charrettes where the public has a stake in designing future transit projects, and othered public outreach initiatives. 

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.

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CEO Comments
Board Chair
Board Chair President Ron Yearwood
Term Aug 2017 to July 2018
Board Members
Jay Everett Lose & AssociatesVoting
Eric Hoke
Mr. Tyler Lisowski Metro Nashville Public SchoolsVoting
Adam Nicholson Film ProducerVoting
Micheala Poizner
Mary Vavra Lose & AssociatesVoting
Mason Worthington Gibson GuitarsVoting
Ron Yearwood Nashville Civic Design CenterVoting
Jolie Yockey Nashville Farmers MarketVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 60%
Does the organization have written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Does the organization have a written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage of Board Members making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of Board Members making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Does the Board include Client Representation? Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
CEO Comments .
Executive Director/CEO
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 35
Contractors 0
Plans & Policies
Does the organization have a documented Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Does the organization have an approved Strategic Plan? Under Development
In case of a change in leadership, is a Management Succession plan in place? Under Development
Does the organization have a Policies and Procedures Plan? Under Development
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? Yes
CEO Comments
Foundation Comments
no exec director listed on profile request information. 2/3/12 TR
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2017
Projected Revenue $3,200.00
Projected Expenses $2,975.00
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Detailed Financials
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IRS Letter of Exemption
Capital Campaign
Is the organization currently conducting a Capital Campaign for an endowment or the purchase of a major asset? No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
TN Charitable Solicitations Registration Yes - Expires June 2018
Solicitations Permit
2018 Permit
Organizational Budgets and Other Documents
Transit Now Nashville 2015 Budget2015
TNN Budget 20142014
Organization Comments Financial Comments

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.

Comment provided by Kathryn Bennett 10/5/17.
Nonprofit Transit Now Nashville
Address 110 South 16th Street
Nashville, TN 37206
Primary Phone (615) 668-3728
Board Chair President Ron Yearwood
Year of Incorporation 2009

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