WeGo recently hired someone to help launch its new business diversity program.

Amber Gooding will serve WeGo as director of procurement and business diversity.

According to WeGo public information officer Amanda Cleland, Gooding has more than 25 years in leadership experience.

“These are in in business development, community relations and strategic planning, focusing on diversity and inclusion,” she said.

Gooding also oversaw programs that developed and worked with minority and women owned businesses at the St. Louis Lambert Airport and the Nashville Metropolitan Airport.

Gooding will focus on improving the way the agency works with the business community and future WeGo employees and also improve outreach and information opportunities.

“Amber’s proven, results-driven experience and expertise in this area makes her a valuable part of our efforts to advance our business diversity initiatives,” said Nashville Metropolitan board chair Gail Car Williams. "Our ultimate goal is to position WeGo to be more connected to the communities we serve in every way, as we are now in a unique position to grow our business diversity program with the opportunities presented to us by the Metro Transportation Plan."

Another area of focus for Gooding is to revamp the agency’s vendor certification process, implement new contract compliance and technical assistance measure and invest in business development.

WeGo adjusts routes after Christmas bombing

WeGo Public Transit announced detours in the downtown core and a temporary customer hotline in the wake of the Dec. 25 bombing on Second Avenue N.

Until further notice, WeGo will operate all services with detours. There will be no pick up, drop off or operations downtown Nashville between Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Broadway, from First Avenue N. to Third Avenue N.

“WeGo customers should expect delays in the areas surrounding the investigation zone related to detours and road closures,” said WeGo director of marketing Jason Minser.

The WeGo Star will operate to Riverfront Station. The station will not be opened for use of restrooms or ticket sales. Route 64 is not operating due to COVID-19, and Route 93 is on detour.

Regional bus services operate normally, according to modified service levels.

Local bus services operate normally with detours in place on several routes, and all other routes operate on modified service levels.

Access service operates normally, but there are no pick-ups or drop-offs in investigation zone. Call 629-239-0475 to make reservations.

Minser said users should stay out of the investigation zone and to board at WeGo Central at 400 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. or at another stop along the route outside the zone.

“Be aware that there may be additional delays as bus operators respond to conditions on the ground, including changing road closures,” said Minser. “Due to conditions, please plan for additional travel time regardless of your preferred route.”

Visit wegotransit.com for updates.

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