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Celebrating Youth Poetry & Leadership in Nashville
Posted on April 9, 2015

MTA Youth Action Team

In the latest issue of Nashville Arts Magazine, Rebecca Berrios, Community Engagement Manager at Metro Nashville Arts Commission, celebrates youth contributions to this year’s Poetry in Motion program. This is the third year Nashville MTA and Metro Arts have partnered to bring this opportunity to Nashville youth. As Rebecca writes: “Nashville’s participation in the national Poetry in Motion program gives a platform for Metropolitan Transit Authority’s (MTA’s) youth ridership to have a voice through poetry and features their work as public art to enhance the bus-riding experience for the city’s 800,000 monthly riders.” [Read the full article here.]

This year, the MTA Youth Action Team at Oasis Center (pictured right) played a key role in developing the theme for entries – Where Are You Going? – and assisting in the judging process. The youth really enjoyed being part of the Poetry in Motion program this year and look forward to celebrating the youth poets during the Team Green & Transit Now Nashville community fair at the Nashville Farmers’ Market on Wednesday, April 15th at 6pm-8pm. Please stop by to show your support for these fantastic young people. The poetry & music performances will begin at 6:30pm, and the MTA Youth Action Team will have an info booth with strIDe pamphlets (the new youth mobility program through MNPS) as well as some handmade swag.

The opportunities offered to these young people through partnerships between Oasis Center, Nashville MTA, Metro Arts & Transit Now Nashville are truly making positive, long-term changes in their lives and in our communities. As the program coordinator for the MTA Youth Action Team, I have witnessed tremendous growth and leadership development in these teens since its inception two years ago. One young person on our team has grown into an eloquent public speaker over the year and a half she’s been on our team thanks, in part, to the many opportunities she has had to interact with community leaders at public events. Another young man on the team has recognized the value of networking with community leaders, such Councilman Ronnie Steine and Nashville MTA’s CEO Steve Bland. As college students, these young people stay in touch with our team and use their experience in community developing and civic engagement to promote positive change wherever they go.

Thank you all for valuing the many ways in which young people can and do contribute to our great community.

Abby Whisenant, Program Coordinator at Oasis Center & Transit Now Nashville Board Member

Where are you going? An Art & Transit Project
Posted on April 2, 2014

Where Are You Going - Art Show Announcement

Where Are You Going? is a photo-voice project coordinated by the William Neil Rollins Art Studio at Oasis Center and the Oasis Center’s MTA Youth Action Team, which is a youth advisory council formed through a partnership between Oasis Center and Nashville MTA.

This project was led by 10 teens from varying neighborhoods and schools across Davidson County documenting their experience riding the bus, what it meant to them to be independent when it came to transportation, and how the life skills they gained as a result of being independent set them up for success later in life.

The youth used “Meg” plastic cameras, donated by Jack White’s Third Man Records, and medium format black-and-white film to capture images as they rode multiple bus routes throughout Nashville. They are also learned how to compose images, conduct constructive discussions about the photographs, and produced a set of narratives to accompany the images.

Additionally, this team of young people is collected cyanotypes (or sun prints) from their peers at various festivals and events, including Celebrate Nashville, Peace Jam, and Earth Day, that depict where they want to go in life. After the cyanotypes were processed at our booth, the youth placed them on our bus mural, which was constructed of four wood panels cut and painted in the shape and design of a Nashville MTA bus. The team also recorded video of these young people sharing their visions, dreams and goals.

Come check out the photos at a special exhibit at Fort Houston this Saturday, April 5th from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. Admission is FREE.

Fort Houston | 500 Houston St, Nashville, TN 37203


Trains, Beer & BBQ!
Posted on April 2, 2014

Join the Nashville Civic Design Center and Transit Now Nashville for a ride on the Music City Star to Hamilton Springs transit-oriented development in Lebanon April 16th at 5:45 pm at the Riverfront Station!

We’ll disembark and enjoy a reception at the new Hamilton Springs community center + leasing office with BBQ, libations and more! Residential units will be open and availble for touring as well. RTA’s express coach buses will leave Hamilton Springs promptly at 7:30pm to be back downtown by 8:15pm.

Tickets are $15 per person for members of the Nashville Civic Design Center/Transit Now Nashville, $20 for nonmembers. Tickets include round trip transportation, food catered by Jordan’s BBQ, Yazoo beer, softdrinks and a chance to win door prizes!

Space is limited and reservations ARE required. The train will leave Riverfront Station at 5:45 p.m. (sharp!)




Please arrive 15 to 20 minutes prior to departure to check in. Printed tickets are not necessary.

Free parking is available downtown in Lot R, next to Cumberland Park and the Shelby St pedestrian bridge. Other nearby parking options can be found here. Note: on-street metered parking is free after 6pm.

The Music City Circuit buses also drop off at the train station and are free to ride. Cyclists can park at the station, or Bcycle to the riverfront kiosk.

Presented in partnership with Transit Now Nashville, as part of 30 Days of Transit 2014!

For membership to the Nashville Civic Design Center, please visit our website.

For Transit Now Nashville membership, please confirm your 2014 donation.

Special Thanks to

Transit Now Adopts a Stop in the 5 Points
Posted on April 1, 2014


Today we became the proud parents of a nice little bus stop next to our friends at Woodland Wine Merchant.  We’re going to try to keep this bus stop tidy and bright.  If you’re interested in helping us out as a volunteer, please contact us at

If you or an organization you’re a member of would like to adopt a stop in a similar manner, please check out MTA’s Adopt-a-Stop site.


30 Days of Transit
Posted on March 29, 2014

Transit Month starts April 1st with new partners and more events.  This year we have partnered with Walk/Bike Nashville, Young Professionals in Transportation, and the Oasis Center to expand our beloved Transit Week into 30 Days of Transit.  Instead of a week of events, we have created a platform for our partners to host transit oriented events.  Check out the list below and also our calendar on our homepage so you can import the event details into your personal calendar.  We’d like to thank our long standing partners – Nashville MTA, Nashville Civic Design Center, Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee, Amp Coalition, Nashville Farmers Market, TDOT, Cumberland Region Tomorrow, Nashville Area MPO, and Mayor Karl Dean.

Every Monday is Multi-Modal Monday – take your bike and place it on the bus.  It’s easy.  Just watch this short how-to video.

Every Sunday is Ride to Worship

April 5th – Where are you going?  Art & Transit Exhibit

Where Are You Going? is a photo-voice project coordinated by the William Neil Rollins Art Studio at Oasis Center and the Oasis Center’s MTA Youth Action Team, which is a youth advisory council formed through a partnership between Oasis Center and Nashville MTA.

Fort Houston – 500 Houston St, Nashville, TN 37203 | 6:00 – 9:00 pm

April 6th – Live it Up!  Downtown Home Tour

Living downtown is an exciting experience. Catch a glimpse of urban life, Nashville-style, at the 11th Annual Downtown Home Tour presented by the Nashville Downtown Partnership. Urban living thrives on unique and dynamic spaces, especially in Music City where the freshness of modernity meets the character of history. This home tour showcases distinctive floor plans, contemporary spaces, unique character and the best panoramic views in the city.

Buy tickets online ($10)

Downtown Nashville | 12:00 – 6:00 pm

April 12th – Southern Word on the Music City Circuit

Southern Word offers creative solutions for youth to build literacy and presentation skills, reconnect to their education and to their lives, and act as leaders in the improvement of their communities.   Southern Word performers will be on the Music City Circuit Green Line throughout the day.  Grab a ride from downtown to the Gulch and catch a performance.

Music City Circuit Green Line (Riverfront to the Gulch) | 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

April 16th – Music City Star Excursion to Hamilton Springs

The Nashville Civic Design Center is hosting an Urban Design Forum at Tennessee’s first Transit Oriented Development in Hamilton Springs.  The train will depart at 5:45 pm and Greyline Coaches will bring you back to Riverfront Station around 8:00 pm.  Refreshments will be provided.  Limited seats are available so get them now.

Buy tickets online!

Riverfront Station | 5:45 pm departure

April 17th – MTA Committee Meetings

The Nashville MTA hosts their committee meetings once a month on the third Thursday of each month.  So if you would like to learn more about the MTA and how they operate, this is a good opportunity to sit in and learn.

Music City Central – Upper Level Conference Room next to Security | 1:00 – 3:00 pm

April 18th – Bus Egg Hunt

Keep your eyes open early Friday morning for hidden Easter Eggs on your bus.  There’s a surprise in each one.  If you’re lucky enough to find one, please take a picture of yourself with your egg and post it to your social media account with the hashtag #busegg

All MTA Fixed Route Buses | Early Morning Commute

April 19th – Nashville Earth Day

Come see us at Centennial Park at Earth Day and learn about the benefits of taking public transportation.  You can take MTA #3 & 5 to get to the park.

Check out the Nashville Earth Day Map online

Centennial Park | 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

April 22nd – Transit Oriented Drinks

Join Young Professionals in Transportation—Nashville for their bi-monthly socializing and networking event, Transit Oriented Drinks (TOD). Every other month we will designate a bar within walking distance of a public transportation route to convene and mingle with fellow YPT members and friends.

This month’s Transit Oriented Drinks will take place at Barlines Downtown Nashville, located in the Omni Hotel.

RSVP Online

Barlines – Omni Hotel Downtown

250 5th Avenue South Nashville, TN 37203 | 5:00 – 7:00 pm

April 23rd – Lunch @ Nashville Farmers Market

Did you know that Nashville has a free downtown circulator that will take you to the Farmers Market?  Well, it does.  The Music City Circuit Blue Line runs from the Riverfront Station and then down 5th Ave to the Farmers Market.  Come down for lunch and then stop by our table for dessert.

Nashville Farmers Market | 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

April 24th – MTA Board Meeting

The Nashville MTA hosts their board meeting once a month on the fourth Thursday of each month.  So if you would like to learn more about the MTA and how they operate, this is a good opportunity to sit in and learn.

Music City Central – Upper Level Conference Room next to Security | 1:00 – 3:00 pm

April 24th  – TDOT Book-a-Planner

The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) will be visiting with youth at the Oasis Center to get their feedback on what Tennessee should focus on regarding future transportation needs.  This feedback will be used in TDOT’s new long-range transportation plan.

Oasis Center | 4:00 – 6:30 pm

April 30th – Power of Ten Regional Summit

The 2014 POWER OF TEN Regional Summit will bring together 700+ public and private sector regional leaders on April 30th, 2014 in Nashville’s TPAC Polk Theater to continue our region’s dialogue and action on key issues of regional importance. This sixth POWER OF TEN Regional Summit will focus on our key regional issue of Land Use and Quality Growth with the title “Redeveloping Middle Tennessee’s Communities: Infill, Innovation, Investment.”

RSVP Online

TPAC Polk Theatre | 12:00 – 6:00 pm