• 2016 Annual Partnership Luncheon
    2016 Annual Partnership Luncheon
    Middle Tennessee mayors, legislators, and community leaders celebrated the end of the year on Dec 14 and honored individuals from across their region significant contribution to Middle Tennessee's transportation initiatives over the past year. Learn more about this year's leadership award recipients and successes.
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  • Have Questions?
    Have Questions?
    Transportation in Middle Tennessee is a hot topic, and there are a lot of questions about how transportation plans are developed and projects implemented. Learn more about the planning process and find answers to frequently asked questions.
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  • Freight and Goods Movement Study
    Freight and Goods Movement Study
    The Nashville Area MPO has recently complete the third phase of its Freight and Goods Movement Study for Middle Tennessee. Learn more about how the region's freight infrastructure impacts our economy and recommeded strategies to improve our freight transportation system.
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  • Regional Transportation Plan
    Regional Transportation Plan
    Find out how city and county leaders from around Middle Tennessee plan to invest in our transportation system over the next 25 years.
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  • Our environment is the single most important factor in determining our health.
    Our environment is the single most important factor in determining our health.
    Learn more about the way our communities are designed and the relationship between our transportation systems and health.
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  • Why Managed Lanes?
    Why Managed Lanes?
    Across the U.S., transportation agencies face both growing congestion and a limited ability to expand freeway capacity. These limitations have led to innovative solutions to improve transportation networks, including managed lanes as a smart alternative to increasing capacity. When properly implemented, managed lanes allow agencies to improve safety and make the most effective and efficient use of existing freeway.
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About the MPO

The Nashville Area MPO leads in the development of the region's long-range transportation plan and short-range transportation improvement program through a partnership among the U.S. DOT, Tennessee DOT, local elected leadership, local planning and public works directors, the business community, and citizens across the Nashville region.

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News & Notes

  • October 19, 2017
  • 4 Takeaways from Williamson Inc.'s Transportation Summit  

    On the heels of Nashville Mayor Megan Barry's multi-billion-dollar mass transit proposal, Williamson County leaders joined to learn more about how future mobility solutions will connect the county to Nashville.  The 4 takeaways are 1) study before solutions, 2) everything is connected, 3) Denver is an example, and 4) Is it realistic.  Troy Russ, an Urban Design & Transportation Practice Builder with Kimley-Horn was the keynote speaker

  • October 19, 2017
  • Nashville traffic: Where we rank nationally and where the worst bottlenecks are  

    Nashville ranks 23rd out of 240 U.S. cities for the amount of time drivers spend stuck in heavy traffic.

    According to Inrix, a Washington-based traffic-data tech company, traffic congestion costs each Nashville driver $1,308 a year and the city $517 million. The calculation is based on lost time, additional fuel expenses and the "social cost of emissions."

    The company estimates that Nashville drivers spent an average of 34 hours last year in congested traffic.

    Take a look at the slideshow with this story to see the busiest portions of Nashville's highways, based on 2016 average daily traffic count data from the Tennessee Department of Transportation.


  • October 18, 2017
  • Mayor Barry unveils sweeping $5.2 billion transit proposal for Nashville with light rail, massive tunnel

    Calling on Nashvillians to get behind the most sweeping and expensive project in Metro history, Mayor Megan Barry on Tuesday unveiled a $5.2 billion mass transit proposal that sets up a monumental decision for the city.

    Barry wants Nashville voters to go to the polls in May to approve a referendum on increases to four taxes to pay for the massive undertaking — a combination of 26 miles of new light rail, more robust bus service, and a major tunnel below downtown where the new transit lines would run.

    The main revenue generator would be a one-half percent hike to Nashville’s sales tax in July 2018 that would jump to 1 percent in 2023. She also proposed increases to the city’s hotel-motel tax, rental car tax and business and excise tax. 

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