The Transportation Management Association customizes alternative transportation, money-saving solutions for employers, property managers, and commuters across Middle Tennessee. Learn even more about their vast services in our latest Member Spotlight.
Tell us about the transit initiatives that the TMA Group has created in the past 5 years?
- Expanding fixed routes; adding 100+ stops; new shelters; doubling frequency; moving Hub to Franklin Transit Center; providing fixed route service to Cool Springs
- Transit Partnership with Columbia State Community College
- Offering Free Rides on Fixed Routes for Veterans and Active Military
- Cool Springs Multimodal Transportation Network Study
- Franklin Transit Study
- Cool Springs Transit Survey
Have you seen success from these initiatives?
- Increased ridership 7-10 percent
- Increased customer satisfaction
- 60% ridership is getting people back and forth to work
What is VanStar and how can individuals and organizations take advantage of it?
VanStar is a public transit solution in the form of rideshare for anyone who is looking to save money on their personal commute, be kind to the environment, and use their time wisely. In order to take advantage of VanStar you can organize your own group of 5-14 people or visit Vanstar.com and register your commute so that we can help match you with others that share your same commute. Companies can be involved by subsidizing the cost or a little as letting us onsite to inform their employees of their options.
How about the Franklin Transit Authority? How are they apart of the TMA Group?
The Franklin Transit Authority is a seven-member governing body for the Franklin Transit Service. The Franklin Transit Authority contracts with The TMA Group for the operations and management of Franklin’s transit system.
Tell us more about the Clean Air Partnership. Why should organizations become a Clean Air Partner?
The Clean Air Partnership was established in 2003 in partnership with Williamson County. The program is a public-private coalition that coordinates the Air Alert Day program and educates all citizens about air pollution, the use of alternate modes of transportation and making environmentally sound choices.
There is no cost to join the Clean Air Partnership! Currently over 100 partners are enrolled. The program is an education and outreach resource for employers and employees, clients or customers. Services include:
- Air Alert Notices
- Air quality information for employees
- Assistance in customizing alternative transportation solutions for employer commuters.
School Pool is Cool, a partnership with The TMA Group and Franklin Special School District is a free interactive, online ride-matching community that connects parents of children attending specific FSSD schools who are looking to share driving duties to and from school, as well as after-school activities. A secure password protected site provides parents a convenient way to organize neighborhood carpools.
What organizations have you been partnering/working with to help alleviate traffic in Williamson County?
The TMA Group represents Williamson County, City of Franklin, VanStar, Franklin Transit Authority and our other programs on a national, regional and local level. Holding Board Seats on the national Association of Commuter Transportation Board of Trustees, statewide Tennessee Public Transportation Association, Greater Nashville Regional Council/MPO Transportation Coordinating Committee, Williamson Inc., Franklin Tomorrow, etc., The TMA proactively advocates for innovative transportation solutions for Williamson County.
What does the TMA Group see has the most pertinent issue when dealing with transit in the region?
The TMA Group knows progressive regions must develop and fund an interconnected, comprehensive transportation network. Progressive regions maximize the benefits of every dollar invested in transportation by creating efficient and diverse transportation systems. With the implementation of technology, the transportation network will make it possible for workers to have affordable and reliable commuting choices…citizens to have access to services that enhance quality of life…and for communities to attract quality jobs.
To learn more:
- TMA Group: www.tmagroup.org
- VanStar: vanstar.com/
- Franklin Transit Authority: franklintransit.org/