Ensure transportation justice for people on the streets this…

Each year, Metro works with community partners to release the Cold Weather Community Response Plan that includes a Metro-run overflow shelter. This year, the overflow shelter will be located at the Fairgrounds and will open when the temperature is projected to drop below 28 degrees. 

While Metro and WeGo generously provide some bus passes to outreach workers to distribute, we anticipate a greater transportation need than ever this year due to the raging pandemic, the economic downturn, the strain on existing shelters, and the more limited transportation capacity of outreach groups.

In order to ensure that everyone can make it out of the cold this year, we are asking WeGo to make their rides free to people who are experiencing homelessness and/or need to get out of the cold when the temperatures are projected to drop below freezing. While the bus passes they have given to the community are a great start in moving toward transportation justice, we must do more during these unprecedented times. 

Please join us in emailing Metro Council Members and WeGo CEO Steve Bland to ask them to provide FREE transportation to those who need it when the temperature drops below freezing this year! (And please share this call to action!)


SAMPLE EMAIL:

SUBJECT: Ensure transportation justice for people on the streets this winter
TO: councilmembers@nashville.govsteve.bland@nashville.gov

Dear Council Members and Steve Bland,

We greatly appreciate the steps that Metro Nashville and WeGo have taken to support people experiencing homelessness during winter months, but more needs to be done to ensure that everyone can safely get out of the cold this winter. 

While Metro and WeGo generously provide some bus passes to outreach workers to distribute, we anticipate a greater transportation need than ever this year due to the raging pandemic, the economic downturn, the strain on existing shelters, and the more limited transportation capacity of outreach groups.

We’re asking that WeGo make their rides free to people who are experiencing homelessness and/or need to get out of the cold when the temperatures are projected to drop below freezing. While the free bus passes are a great start in moving toward transportation justice, we must do more during these unprecedented times. No one deserves to die on our streets this winter for lack of transportation. 

Sincerely,
(Your name)
(Your address)