News & Notes

February, 2017

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 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 through February 13, 2017.  Attendance at the meetings is not required in order to comment.



January, 2017

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.

January 20, 2017

Booming population causes traffic nightmares across Middle Tennessee

As the population booms, congestion on Middle Tennessee’s roads is causing traffic nightmares across the region.  With 30,000 new people calling this region home each year, growing pains have spilled into the streets–literally.  Nashville traffic has been described as unbelievable, but a change is coming.

January 18, 2017

Details begin to emerge on Haslam's gas tax plan 

Gov. Bill Haslam's gas tax plan is expected to include a 7-cent per gallon increase on gasoline and a hike in the fee Tennesseans pay to renew their license plate registration, three sources familiar with the governor's proposal told The Tennessean on Tuesday.  Haslam's effort to raise the gas tax comes as the state faces a $6 billion road project backlog, a point the governor has made for several months.

January 18, 2017

Governor Haslam Proposes Gas Tax Increase

 Citing a critical need to address Tennessee's crumbling roads and bridges, Governor Bill Haslam announced he will introduce legislation which would raise the state's gas tax in an effort to help pay for transportation needs.

As announced on Wednesday, the bill, known as the "IMPROVE Act," would create $278 million in new revenue funds by raising the gas tax by 7 cents per gallon. Bringing the total tax on regular gas in Tennessee to 28.4 cents a gallon

January 17, 2017

Haslam to share 'first piece' of 2017 agenda Wednesday

Gov. Bill Haslam will unveil his long-awaited legislative agenda on Wednesday that many expect to include an effort to address a $1-billion transportation backlog and a ballooning state tax revenue surplus.

January 13, 2017

Nashville businesses get creative to solve parking crunch

As Nashville’s growth outpaces infrastructure, local businesses are experimenting with new methods to confront parking demand and congestion problems. While city and state leaders have been grappling with solutions for several years, the urgency felt by business executives has spurred innovation, from flexible hours to blueprints that include self-driving cars.

January 9, 2017

Nashville's sidewalk, bikeway needs top $800M, report says

Want Nashville to no longer have major streets without sidewalks and bikeways?  It wouldn't be cheap.  Nashville faces $550 million in needs for 91 miles of new sidewalk construction in Davidson County and $223 million for repairs to existing sidewalks. Another $41 million is needed for implementation of a new bikeway network that includes 41 miles of bikeways.

December, 2016

December 19, 2016

MPO hosts Annual Partnership Luncheon

On Dec. 14, 2016 more than 200 Middle Tennessee mayors, legislators, and community leaders met for the MPO's Annual Partnership Luncheon. This event highlighted the organization's successes from the year and honored individuals and organizations who have made a significant contribution to Middle Tennessee's transportation initiatives over the past year.

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