Nashville Area MPO
The Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) facilitates strategic planning for the region's multi-modal transportation system by serving as a forum for collaboration among local communities and state leaders. The vision of the MPO is to develop policies and programs that direct public funds to transportation projects that increase access to opportunity and prosperity, while promoting the health and wellness of Middle Tennesseans and the environment.
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 seven 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 public 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.
The Nashville Area MPO staffed by the Greater Nashville Regional Council and its leadership is comprised of a Transportation Policy Board (TPB), a Technical Coordinating Committee (TCC), and professional staff.
The Transportation Policy 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.
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.