ThinkTN Report Finds Significant Number of Transit-Dependent Nashvillians

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Jan. 17, 2018) — Every neighborhood in Nashville is home to residents who could benefit from increased transportation options, including senior citizens, single parents, residents with a disability and those without vehicle access, according to a new report from nonpartisan think tank ThinkTennessee.

“Some Nashvillians, from seniors to those with a disability, to those who can’t afford a car, need transit to access everyday necessities like the doctor’s office, the grocery store and the workplace,” said Shanna Hughey, ThinkTennessee president. “Our report demonstrates, for the first time, that every Nashville neighborhood is home to these ‘transit-dependent’ populations. For Nashvillians wondering whom transit will help, the answer is clear: Transit will help your neighbors.”

Highlights of the Who Needs Transit? report include:

  • More than 71,000 senior citizens live in Nashville, and 85 percent of Nashville-area seniors have poor transit access.
  • Nearly 40 percent of Nashville’s 65,264 families with children are headed by a single parent, many of whom regularly balance competing work, school and after-school schedules for themselves and their children.
  • More than one in five households in Nashville is home to a person with a disability, with able-bodied family members often serving as a critical form of transportation.
  • In downtown neighborhoods – those in the urban core – more than one in four Nashvillians lacks regular vehicle access, increasing their reliance on other transportation options.

The full report is available here ThinkTennessee website.