Franklin Transit Authority offers free rides for those getting vaccine

The Franklin Transit Authority is offering free rides to anyone with a scheduled vaccine appointment. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
The Franklin Transit Authority is offering free rides to anyone with a scheduled vaccine appointment. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

The Franklin Transit Authority is offering free rides to anyone with a scheduled vaccine appointment. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

In an effort to help remove barriers for those wanting to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, the Franklin Transit Authority announced March 25 it will offer free rides to vaccine sites included along its regular routes.

“Throughout the pandemic, Franklin Transit has continued to provide the community with safe and reliable transit to essential destinations and services,” said Debbie Henry, executive director of The TMA Group, which operates and manages the transportation service. “Ensuring people can securely reach their COVID-19 vaccine appointments is an extension of our ongoing efforts to provide equitable access in Williamson County as well as protect the health and safety of its residents.”


According to the FTA, residents with a scheduled vaccine appointment can receive a free ride during regular service hours from 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m. on weekdays and from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturdays. Routes include areas around downtown Franklin as well as the Williamson Medical Center. A full map of routes can be found here.

As of March 24, all adults 16 and older are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine either through the Williamson County Health Department or through private providers. A full list of vaccine sites is available through vaccinefinder.org.

All riders will be required to wear a face mask while on transit vehicles in accordance with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
By Wendy Sturges
A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Tennessee in 2019.