Transit benefits don't stop with congestion relief and mobility. They are far-reaching and mutually reinforcing.
On April 16th, Harpeth Conservancy co-hosted a public forum, "Conservation Conversations on Transit," which was an opportunity for Nashvillians who are interested in conservation, open space, and the environment to get more information to make an informed decision on the May 1st Transit Referendum vote.
Attendees heard an overview of the plan from Erin Hafktenschiel of the Mayor's Office of Transportation and Sustainability, and from conservation organizations about their views on the plan and how it relates to their missions. There was also time for general questions and about the plan’s conservation and environmental implications.
According to attendees, that message was delivered loud and clear to an audience of at least 75 at Monday night's Conservation Conversation hosted by Transit For Nashville Coalition members Cumberland Region Tomorrow, Greenways, Harpeth River Conservancy, The Land Trust of Tennessee and Sierra Club.
"All transit starts with your feet," said Pete Wooten on the public health benefits of the combined greenways and transit system plans, echoing a line from Dr. Bill Frist's recent opinion piece on transit and health.
The panel followed an expert overview of the plan from Erin Hafkenschiel and preceded a lively Q&A that included an important exchange on the plan funding you can view by clicking on the above photo.
The event was a powerful testament (one of many) to the broad community support that has gathered around the transit plan. Thanks go to the panelists -- Carol Hudler, Joe McCaleb, Jim Redwine, Emily Quinlan and Pete Wooten -- to Greenways for hosting and to Katie Alexander and Joe McCaleb and the organizing team.
More information: www.TransitForNashville.com