Executive Management Team
Stephen G. Bland — Chief Executive Officer
Lending leadership expertise from transit systems both large and small, Steve views his primary purpose as chief executive officer of WeGo Public Transit to be a steadfast steward of the greater Nashville community. He is honored to serve as an advocate for the system becoming an even more gratifying part of the lives of current riders and an appealing consideration for future travelers.
Steve believes providing safe and efficient transit is an essential public service for growing cities and is committed to ensuring WeGo's service continues to rise at every level. He's happy to be at the helm of making positive changes for Nashville, to be living in a city where he and his wife can dine at amazing restaurants and where he can continue to work on his admittedly rather bad golf game.
Edward W. Oliphant — Chief Financial Officer
Edward W. Oliphant brings more than 35 years of accounting and budgeting expertise to his chief financial officer role at WeGo Public Transit. He has lived in the area long enough to have watched our region grow into a highly desirable destination and is excited to use his post to further enhance transit opportunities for all.
As a certified public accountant and citizen of our community, Ed gives credence to the power a fiscally healthy transit system has to offer enriching experiences for people from every socioeconomic group and corner of the city. As a self-professed food and entertainment aficionado, he loves that many of Nashville's hidden gems can be found just steps away from a bus stop.
Andy Burke — Chief Operating Officer
Andy Burke first caught the highly contagious transit bug shortly after beginning his career as a Paratransit Operator at the University of Massachusetts. His love for the road led him to get his CDL and move to fixed route service before spending the next 15+ years in the transit industry. During his career, he’s held various positions across the United States in both private and public systems.
Andy could have very well written WeGo Public Transit’s mission statement himself as someone who believes that well-performing transit systems are at the heart of successful and healthy communities. As an avid rider himself, Andy is always looking for ways to enhance transit and connect riders to their lives and communities.
After long days of brainstorming, Andy likes to let his hair down with a nice walk outside, playing some games with friends, a jam session with buddies, or a round of disc golf.
Rita Roberts-Turner — Chief Administrative Officer
Rita Roberts-Turner's enthusiasm for transit was solidified years ago when she took her son Downtown by bus for the first time and watched as he reveled in the new experience. She now calls upon his childhood wonder and her years of law and city government expertise to inform her post as the chief administrative officer of WeGo Public Transit in Nashville. Her keen insights as a native Nashvillian and long-time bus rider make her uniquely prepared to achieve her goal to make our communities "as awesome as possible" while handling continuity planning, procurement, human resources, legal affairs, information technology, security and training.
Rita is a huge fan of Nashville's small-town-in-a-big-city vibe, cheering for her sons on the football field and Golden State Warriors basketball.
Trey Walker — Chief Development Officer
As chief development officer for WeGo Public Transit, Trey Walker is responsible for managing efforts of our Engineering, Construction, and Facilities groups; Planning and Grants; and Service Development.
Coming from the world of design and analysis, his demonstrated expertise will seamlessly link infrastructure, facilities, bus and rail service, and long-range plans to deliver on our strategic vision to develop transit improvements, transit centers, stop improvements and pedestrian safety upgrades.
Trey enjoys Auburn football, Braves baseball, and grilling. When he’s not at the grill, he doesn’t mind letting local chefs do the work for him—especially when he gets to sample their work on one of WeGo Public Transit and Edible Nashville’s progressive dinners.