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Franklin Tomorrow’s monthly FrankTalks lecture on Monday, Sept. 12, will focus on the importance of school bus ridership and trends in student transportation as the kickoff event of Williamson Inc.’s Williamson County Mobility Week.

FrankTalks is a monthly series, presented by Vanderbilt University’s Office of Community, Neighborhood and Government Relations. Nissan is the presenting sponsor of Mobility Week, which will continue Sept 12-16 with a different focus daily on practical ways that the community can work collaboratively as a community to reduce traffic congestion on our roadways.

On Sept. 12, FrankTalks will feature a panel on school bus transportation, as well as innovations in school bus safety, technology tools for parents to better track their child, as well as ways to improve walkability around area schools and in neighborhoods as children walk to their bus stops.

Special guests include State Trooper Jesse Horn, City of Franklin Director of Engineering Paul Holzen, and Williamson County Schools Transportation Director Jeff Fuller.

Franklin Tomorrow will provide training and encourage those present to conduct walkability audits of their neighborhoods and provide that information to Franklin Tomorrow for collection in a report to the City of Franklin.

FrankTalks will be held at Freedom Middle School, 750 New Highway 96 West, in Franklin, with a ribbon cutting and coffee social starting at 9 a.m. Directional signs will point to parking at the adjacent Poplar Grove School and how to enter the building for the meeting.

The program will start at 9:30 a.m. and is free to the public thanks to the generous partnerships supporting the series. To RSVP for Sept. 12, visit