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The Transit Citizen Leadership Academy (TCLA) is the Transit Alliance’s award-winning program designed to equip participants across the 10 counties of Middle Tennessee with the tools and resources to understand how transit intersects with our lives, contributes to a higher quality of life, sustains a vibrant economy, and builds pathways to equity.

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Benefits of the TCLA

The TCLA program is a series of presentations by industry experts and leading professionals. Participants synthesize vital information about regional transit and mobility issues through presentations, panels, discussions, homework, and reports. Industry-leading experts lead compelling and fact-based conversations and give participants the knowledge and tools to become thought leaders on the vital role of mobility in the region today and into the future.

TCLA participants learn about the following:

  • the process of funding transit and infrastructure;

  • the impact transit has on our economy, health, environment, and equity;

  • the responsibilities of local, state, and federal players;

  • the importance of regional, corridor, and other studies and plans; as well as 

  • the emerging mass transit options that can address our mobility needs today and well into the future.

Past presenters include regional mayors; Steve Bland, CEO of WeGo Public Transit; Michelle Lacewell, Greater Nashville Regional Council; Carol Westlake, Executive Director for Tennessee Disability Coalition; Toks Omishakin, former-Deputy Commissioner of TDOT; Pam Kordenbrock, Federal Highway Administration; and more.

TCLA enrollees and alumni sign in to access exclusive resources and materials

Sample Resources

Transit Definitions
Brief definitions of different transit modes. View here.
TCLA Brochure
An overview of the TCLA program and benefits. View here.
Transit Resources
National, state, and local organizations, departments, and more with transit and transportation resources. View here.
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