The Transit Citizen Leadership Academy is designed to equip private- and public-sector leaders across the 10 counties of Middle Tennessee with tools to lead conversations about the value of multimodal transit across the region and about the emerging mass transit options that can address our mobility needs.  The first five classes were done in collaboration with founding partner the Nelson and Sue Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership at Lipscomb University.

Apply for future Transit Citizen Leadership Academy Classes here.

Click on a photo to view the class roster.

The Academy is built around a seven-session program that includes the following:

  • Scanning The Landscape – A look at the historical, economic and social impact of transportation in the United States and Tennessee
  • Understanding Current Reality – An exploration of Middle Tennessee’s transit system and the challenges we face
  • Identifying Models of Success – An analysis of the successes and failures of other communities facing a transit challenge
  • Evaluating the Options – An examination weighing value and cost of options for Middle Tennessee, informed by global best practices
  • Engaging the Community – Identification and activation of community resources to support transit conversations
  • Creating the Conversation – A design for facilitating conversations on transit options and opportunities
  • Moving Transit Options Forward – A group leadership plan to educate others


Click here to view a full list of TCLA alumni by county.

TCLA Application