The Nashville Area MPO

What is an MPO?

Established through federal legislation, MPOs exist throughout the U.S. in urbanized areas of more than 50,000 people. Comprised of representatives from local, state, and federal government agencies, they are responsible for planning and prioritizing projects for federal funds.

Our Mission

The Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is committed to providing leadership to the region in the planning, funding, and development of a regional multi-modal transportation system; one that promotes personal and social economic prosperity while encouraging sustainable growth and development practices to protect and preserve valuable community and natural assets.

Authority

map of Authority region

The Nashville Area MPO is the federally-designated transportation planning agency for more than 3,000 square miles and more than 1.5 million people throughout Davidson, Maury, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson, and Wilson counties.

Serving as a regional partnership among the United States Department of Transportation, Tennessee Department of Transportation, transit agencies, local elected leadership, local planning and public works directors, the business community, and citizens across the five-plus county planning area, the MPO leads in the development of the region's long-range transportation plan and short-range Transportation Improvement Program and contributes to ongoing conversations about issues such as land use, economic development, climate change and the environment, safety and security, and health.

The MPO has the authority to plan, prioritize, and select transportation projects for federal funding appropriated by the United States Congress through the United States Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration; and is responsible to for ensuring the region is in compliance with federal planning requirements and national ambient air quality standards.

Agency Structure

The Nashville Area MPO is comprised of an Executive Board, a Technical Coordinating Committee (TCC), and professional staff.

The Executive Board consists of elected officials from each of the seven MPO counties, as well as cities in those counties with a population of 5,000 or more people. Additional board members include the Tennessee Governor, a representative from the Greater Nashville Regional Council, a representative from the Nashville MTA, and staff from the Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration. The Board provides a forum for collaboration and decision-making related to regional transportation policy, planning, and funding.

The Technical Coordinating Committee consists of administrators, planning directors, and engineers from local governments and transportation related agencies. The basic responsibilities of the TCC include collaborating with staff to provide recommendations to the Executive Board in the development of regional transportation plans and programs.

The MPO Staff provides professional transportation planning services and ongoing administration of planning projects to the entire region. Staff is managed by an Executive Director who reports to the Executive Board.

Funding

The MPO is funded by federal grant programs authorized by the U.S. Congress and by contributions from the Tennessee DOT and local government members.

For more information about funding for planning activities, visit the Unified Planning Work Program.

For more information about funding for roads, bridges, transit, and walking and bicycling facilities, visit the Transportation Improvement Program.

Regional Partners

TDOT Greater Nashville Regional Council RTA Relax & Ride: Music City Star
Metropolitan Transit Authority Mid-Cumberland Hunan Resource Agency Clarksville Urbanized Area Rover
Clarksville Transit System Franklin Transit Authority Tennessee Public Transportation Association
Cumberland Region Tomorrow: Collaborative Action for Quality Growth Nashville Civic Design The Power of Ten

National Partners

Transportation Research Board of the National Acadmies United States Environmental Protection Agency Federal Transit Administration
AMPO American Planning Association Institute of Transportation Engineers
American Public Transportation Association
What is an MPO?

Established through federal legislation, MPOs exist throughout the U.S. in urbanized areas of more than 50,000 people. Comprised of representatives from local, state, and federal government agencies, they are responsible for planning and prioritizing projects for federal funds.

MPO Offices

Nashville Area MPO
800 Second Avenue South
Nashville, Tennessee 37210 (MAP)

USPS Mailing Address:
800 Second Avenue South
PO Box 196300
Nashville, Tennessee 37219-6300

Package Delivery Address:
800 Second Avenue South
Nashville, Tennessee 37210

Phone: 615-862-7204
Fax: 615-880-2450

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