• 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

  • February 2, 2017
  • House leaders push alternative to Haslam's gas tax plan

    Tennessee's transportation needs can be paid for by using a portion of the existing revenue generated through the sales tax instead of increasing the gas tax, according to an alternative funding proposal outlined Wednesday by a leading House Republican. The specifics of the proposal are relatively simple compared to Gov. Bill Haslam's plan: The alternative plan would take a quarter of 1 percent of the state's 7 percent sales tax and allocate those funds to the Tennessee Department of Transportation. Rep. David Hawk, an assistant leader in the House, has been working on the plan since he entered leadership in November. The plan, which would raise $291 million a year, would utilize existing funds the state receives without raising taxes.

  • February 2, 2017
  • Public encouraged to attend proposed MTA and RTA spring system change meetings  

    Three public meetings regarding proposed improvements and adjustments for the Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) and Regional Transportation Authority of Middle Tennessee (RTA) biannual system changes will be held on February 7, 8 and 9.


    Adjustments are being proposed for MTA routes 19 Herman, 26 Gallatin Pike and 56 Gallatin Pike BRT lite. A new route, 77 Thompson Connector, is being proposed between the 100 Oaks area and Murfreesboro Pike. Also, time adjustments are being considered for routes 22 Bordeaux, 42 St. Cecilia/Cumberland and 76 Madison Connector. For the RTA, a new stop at Bicentennial Mall in the afternoon will be proposed for routes 88X Dickson Express and 95X Spring Hill Express.


    Listed below are the locations and times for the public meetings and the bus routes that serve the meeting location.

     Music City Central            Tuesday, Feb. 7th from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    (Community Meeting Room)
    400 Charlotte Ave
    All bus routes except 21, 72, 76)

    Music City Central             Wednesday, Feb. 8th from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    (Community Meeting Room)
    400 Charlotte Ave
    All bus routes except 21, 72, 76)

    Kroger Training Center          Thursday, Feb. 9th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    (Conference Room)
    Willowbrook Commons
    55 E. Thompson Lane, Suite 100

    For the Feb. 9 meeting, free shuttles will operate from the outbound BRT lite stations on Nolensville Pike at Thompson Lane and at Murfreesboro Pike and Thompson Lane. These continuous shuttles will begin operating at 4:30 p.m. and run approximately every 20 minutes until the meeting begins and will depart from Kroger to these same BRT lite stops at the conclusion of the meeting.


    More details regarding the proposed changes will be available later online at nashvillemta.org and also will be available at the public meetings.


    The public is encouraged to attend any of the three scheduled meetings.  If unable to attend, comments may be submitted to the MTA Planning Department, Attn:  Public Meeting Comments, 430 Myatt Drive, Nashville, TN  37115; fax comments to (615) 862-6208; call Customer Care at (615) 862-5950; or email comments to mta.publicmeetings@nashville.gov through February 13, 2017.  Attendance at the meetings is not required in order to comment.



  • January 27, 2017
  • Public meeting will show possibilities for Columbia Avenue

    Roundabouts and the addition of a dividing median are likely hallmarks of Franklin’s much-awaited widening of Columbia Avenue.  The project is still in its early stages, with completion not expected until 2023, but details have emerged about what the major thoroughfare might look like after widening is complete.  Community members will have a chance to comment on three new concepts presented at a second public meeting at City Hall Tuesday night.

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