Transportation Resources

Key information and resources for transportation in Williamson County
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TRANSPORTATION OVERVIEW


Williamson County’s population and labor force continue to grow, and so does the number of commuters driving in and out of the county to their place of work.

Currently, over 28,000 Williamson County residents commute to Davidson County and nearly 27,000 Davidson County residents drive into Williamson County for work. The numbers in the regional map, below, represent the percentage of workforce that lives in one county and commutes to another. On average, commute time in the Nashville region is 27 minutes.

As jobs and population continue to grow, it will be increasingly important for the community and business leaders to address transportation funding and improve transit options.

Explore the menu on the left to learn more about how you can take advantage of the many organizations that are doing their part to help alleviate traffic congestion in Williamson County and Middle Tennessee. Catch this great article from The Tennessean to see “How Transit has Impacted Franklin Residents the Last 15 Years.”

 

TRANSPORTATION SUMMIT


 

To watch our full Transportation Summit, held on June 19th, click here.

During our 4th Annual Transportation Summit, we heard from Stephen Bland, CEO of Nashville MTA, and Michael Skipper, Executive Director of the Greater Nashville Regional Council, learning more about why the Nashville Transit Plan did not pass and how we can move forward with a more regional plan. For our second panel, we heard from industry specific leaders from the City of Franklin – Kelly Dannenfelser, Long Range Planning Supervisor; Paul Holzen, Engineering Director; and Eric Stuckey, City Administrator – on current and future road projects throughout Franklin and their significance on Williamson County.

To learn more about our 4th Annual Transportation Summit, click here!

 

FLEX SCHEDULING


A flexible work schedule is an alternative to the traditional 9 to 5, 40 hour work week. This alternative work arrangement allows employees to work a non-traditional schedule to meet personal needs and to vary their arrival and/or departure times. Notable Franklin based companies promoting remote working include Schneider ElectricPlanviewCIMplify and Tivity.


 

FLEX CO-WORKING SPACE


 

Flexible office space caters to an increasingly mobile workforce, remote workers, startups, entrepreneurs, and small businesses who are focused on staying lean and smart.

The availability of flexible office space makes it easy for such businesses to reduce their brick-and-mortar footprint, and reduce their budget dramatically, as there is a diminished need to maintain the high overhead of a corporate office and all its chattels.

As a user of this type of space, you have access to all the amenities you’ll need to get things done, and a host of extras such as on-demand meeting rooms, co-working spaces, free coffee, and so much more.

 

E|Spaces

E|SPACES Cool Springs is conveniently located off I-65 at McEwen Drive next to Whole Foods and provides a professional and aesthetically pleasing work environment in a prime office location. From individual workspace to large meeting rooms, whether you are coming from Brentwood, Franklin, Spring Hill or Thompson Station.

 


To learn more about how your organization can benefit from flexible work arrangements, read these articles from Society for Human Resource Management.

According to Inc.com, research shows that office workers cannot concentrate at their desks. Be sure to read up on how ‘Remote Workers Are Outperforming Office Workers’.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION


Public transportation transforms communities and the lives of the people living in them by spurring economic development, promoting sustainable lifestyles and providing a higher quality of life. Every segment of American society – individuals, families, communities and businesses – benefits from public transportation.


TMA Group

The TMA Group oversees public transportation for the Franklin area. TMA operates and manages the following: VanStar, the regional commuter vanpool program in partnership with Williamson County and RTA; Franklin’s public transit service on behalf of the Franklin Transit Authority; the Clean Air Partnership programs of Williamson and Rutherford County; and Transportation Demand Management. For more information on these programs, visit: www.tmagroup.org.   

Franklin Transit Authority

Franklin Transit connects people in the Franklin and Cool Springs Area by providing public transporation services. 60% of Franklin Transit’s ridership is riding the service to and from work within the City of Franklin, with the remaining 40% trips comprised of school trips, medical and social services trips, and leisure. Their Fixed Route Service is comprised of:

  • Transit On DemanD (TODD) Service
    • TODD is a pre-arranged, curb-to-curb pick-up and drop-off service that also provides all-day, same-day access to Franklin’s Fixed Route Service. Click here to discover how TODD can help you.
  • Route 91X – Franklin/Nashville Express Commuter Bus Service
    • Franklin Transit provides connective local service to 91X, a convenient bus route serving Nashville and Williamson County. For schedule and fare information, click here.
  • Route 95X – Spring Hill/Nashville Express Commuter Bus Service
    • Franklin Transit provides connective local service to 95X – Spring Hill Express, a convenient bus route serving Nashville and Williamson and nearby counties. For schedule and fare information, click here.

RIDESHARE


Ridesharing, by definition, is any mean of transportation in which multiple people use the same car, truck, van or vehicle to arrive at a similar destination. The aim of ridesharing is to reduce traffic congestion, automobile emissions and vehicle trips. To learn more about ridesharing and how ridesharing can improve traffic, save money and help the environment, click here.


 

Hytch

Ride-share app Hytch, with its partnership with Nissan North America, rewards carpooling by paying drivers. App users ending their Hytch in the Middle Tennessee region between Monday-Friday currently earn $0.04 per mile, $0.03 per mile in Davidson County or $0.01 for every shared mile (up to 25 miles in the state of Tennessee!). The Hytch app tracks your shared ride via GPS, whether it’s part of a regular carpool or ride-hailing service. Once it’s confirmed that you’ve carpooled with another app user you’ll receive a payment of $0.04 per mile traveled. Hytch believes that if just 6% of existing commuters in Middle Tennessee car-pooled, the region could lose some 1,500 daily trips, reducing congestion considerably. Read more about Hytch here.  

VanStar

TMA’s VanStar program helps to solve transportation issues for employers by developing rideshare programs for employees. A rideshare program is easy to set up and can be implemented in a few weeks. Employees determine the travel route, so it’s easy for employees to start or join a route. The cost to your company is low and in most cases, there is not cost. A rideshare program projects a green image for your company and is a benefit that employees can take advantage of right now. For a more comprehensive look into VanStar, click here.

      

Uber / Lyft

Modern day ridesharing is rather simple. People can use an app to drop a pin onto their current location. The registered drivers in the area then get a notification that someone is requesting a ride. Through the app, they accept the ride and use an integrated GPS service to drive to where the customer has dropped the pin. The transaction is carried out entirely through the app and there is no processing of money outside the riders mobile phone making it safer for the consumer. Ridesharing with apps like Uber and Lyft has many uses in modern society including reducing emissions and lowering your carbon footprint, to learn more head their websites here: Uber / Lyft

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Fooda

Fooda is a corporate lunch perk and productivity solution for Employers and Class A Office Properties to provide employees and tenants with a daily rotation of over 100 of Nashville’s top fast-casual restaurants, all in the convenience of their office. No pre-ordering and no deliveries – just walk down to the lobby and eat. In Williamson County alone, Fooda operates daily in over 20 buildings serving over 10,000 meals per week. Fooda’s greater Nashville presence is comprised of over 65 corporate buildings. Each time an employee chooses to dine onsite with Fooda that equates to one less car on the busy roads of Williamson County at lunchtime, at an estimated 2,000 fewer cars per day. Fooda’s corporate lunch solution is bringing great food to the office and reducing traffic as we speak, just ask the employees at the headquarters of Tractor SupplyMars Petcare, and Nissan. Restaurants working with Fooda include:

Mars PetCare: Pets Work at Work

Pets make life better in many ways. At work, they can boost morale, build a sense of community and get us up for regular walking breaks – all things that are good for our health. People who have their pets at work feel less pressured to leave at a particular time to get home to their pets, reducing congestion during the noon and five o’clock hour. This is why more employers are exploring pet-friendly workplace programs! Check out this pet-friendly workplace toolkit to help you start your own pets-at-work program.