Belmont student Kenya Stevens is featured in a Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority advertising campaign as part of an ad series profiling MTA bus riders. Stevens, who is studying accounting and plans to graduate in December 2012, said she has been riding city buses for more than two years.
Free MTA rides are part of a University effort to encourage faculty, staff and students to use alternative transportation — including bicycle sharing and the Music City Star rail system — all of which the University provides free of charge. Any student or employee with a Belmont-issued ID card can ride MTA buses without charge simply by swiping a Belmont ID when boarding.
“It is my main mode of transportation. I started riding when my family had just one car, and when that car died, we all started riding the bus,” Stevens said. The family has since purchased a new car, but she continues to ride the bus to work, school and home and maintaining a blog about her experiences on the bus at carlessinnashville.blogspot.com.
“Not having the expense of another vehicle allows me to continue to have my son at University School and save a considerable amount of money,” she said.
The ads will run Dec. 19 in the City Paper and Dec. 22 in the Nashville Scene.