Informal discussion on transit reveals needs of seniors

Around 50 people attended the event at the FiftyForward Donelson Station, many of whom voiced their support of a new transit system.

Around 50 people attended the event at the FiftyForward Donelson Station, many of whom voiced their support of a new transit system.

Thursday night December 7, Mayor Megan Barry visited FiftyForward Donelson Station for an informal discussion with seniors and other members of the Donelson community on her transit plan.

The mayor was eager to hold the discussion because seniors will be some of the biggest and earliest benefactors of the transit plan, with improved MTA AccessRide service by late 2018 that will get seniors and others who are unable to use regular fixed-route buses to and from their destinations more safely and more quickly. Expanded bus service will also help seniors move around better.

Around 50 people attended the event, many of whom voiced their support of a bold new transit system, and they held a constructive and informative discussion with the mayor that touched on many different aspects of the comprehensive plan.

“We were honored to be part of the conversation to support older adults and their need for mobility,” said Jocelyn Briddell, associate executive director of Active Aging and Facilities, FiftyForward. “When it comes to transportation, mobility is key to de- creased isolation, increased engagement and sense of purpose. Our recent transportation study and our members have indicated numerous times that being involved keeps them connected, motivated and energized.”

“Addressing the needs of all Nashvillians has always been at the heart of the transit plan, and seniors are especially in need of the safe transportation options the plan delivers,” Barry said. “With Let’s Move Nashville, seniors will see the benefits of a comprehensive plan that offers them ways other than cars to move around.”

Councilmen Jeff Syracuse and Kevin Rhoten, whose districts include Donelson, were in attendance, along with other community and business leaders of the area.