News & Notes

March, 2017

March 23, 2017

Concerns from business groups help lead to tweaks regarding local options in Haslam's transportation plan, the IMPROVE Act

An amendment adding new guidelines to the local option portion of Gov. Bill Haslam's transportation bill was approved Tuesday in the Senate, after a coalition of business trade groups privately raised concerns over the expansiveness of the bill.  The local option portion of the bill — which would allow local governments to hold public referendums to raise dedicated mass-transit revenue — happens to be the key to Middle Tennessee's hopes of paying its part of the region's $6 billion mass-transit overhaul, a plan known as nMotion.

March 14, 2017

Due to President Trump's visit to Nashville, the Nashville Area MPO's March 15th Executive Board meeting has been changed to March 22nd at 9:00 a.m. in the Music City Central meeting room, 400 Charlotte Ave. For more information on this meeting click here

March 13, 2017

Senate committee advances negotiated, amended gas tax plan

Gov. Bill Haslam's gas tax proposal saw major action on Monday, when the Senate Transportation Committee approved the measure which was significantly altered in recent days after discussions between leadership and the governor.  The transportation committee approved an amended version of the governor's bill keeps in place a gas tax increase, albeit a smaller one than Haslam has proposed. The amended version further reduces the state's tax on groceries, eliminates a proposed fee on rental cars and cuts a controversial aspect related to indexing.

March 13, 2017

Report: Tennessee's overall road quality hasn't improved in eight years 

As Tennessee lawmakers debate how to fund a $10 billion backlog in road projects, a new report has concluded that the state's roads have not improved in overall quality in eight years. The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) gave Tennessee's roads a grade of C.  Although current conditions are good, the report suggests the future of state roads is suspect as unprecedented growth around the state has placed a greater strain on them.

 

 

March 10, 2017

Well-known developer, entrepreneur partner to fight Nashville traffic

Developer H.G. Hill Realty Co. is paying up so employees of tenants at Hill Center Belle Meade can play their part in helping control Nashville's growing congestion problem.  The six-month pilot program, which just launched, offers incentives for employees who use any of three alternative transportation methods, such as taking Metro buses, using bicycle-sharing company B-cycle or carpooling through Nashville-based Hytch LLC, a new startup from local entrepreneur Mark Cleveland.

March 10, 2017

New traffic light system improves travel in Mt. Juliet, TN

City officials say new traffic light technology on eight signals along Mt. Juliet Road has yielded significant improvements in recent weeks.  The new system, designed to optimize green light time, went live Jan. 31, on lights from Graves Crossing to Pleasant Grove Road, which comprises Mt. Juliet’s major retail corridor from Providence Marketplace to The Paddocks at Mt. Juliet.

March 10, 2017

In Franklin, road projects loom, opinions divided

After years of delays, several key road projects are on the horizon in Williamson County, but even as officials say they are closer than ever to construction, many are still divided on how and when the projects should be completed

March 10, 2017

Here’s where the Nashville region is really booming

If you’re looking for the best place to live, or work, or start a business, you might want to check out Franklin or Smyrna.  These Music City suburbs are the fastest-growing, based on our exclusive ranking that measured recent increases in jobs, housing, residents and companies across the region.

March 10, 2017

New transportation funding would give mayors needed flexibility

Franklin Mayor Ken Moore's Opinion Piece on transportation funding stating that "The window of opportunity is now open to ensure the future of our region. I urge our elected representatives to understand the urgency for our State and region and support Governor Haslam’s proposal which will insure long-term transportation funding."

 

March 10, 2017

Transportation Summit Focuses on Green Hills Traffic Concerns

It's no secret Nashville's booming growth has had a major impact on transportation. Saturday one of the areas hardest hit by all the change met to talk about how to keep up. A summit focusing specifically on Green Hills was held. It included state and local government leaders, as well as residents.


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