News & Notes
October 23, 2013
TDOT Announces Multimodal Access FundThis new fund will support the mobility of transit riders, pedestrians, and bicyclists through infrastructure projects that address existing gaps along the state highway network. Eligible projects (not to exceed $1 million) might include: sidewalks and pedestrian-crossing improvements, bus shelters, park-and-ride facilities, and bicycle lanes -- funded 95% by TDOT, with the remaining 5% to be matched by local communities. Requests for project-funding must be submitted to TDOT through the MPO.
October 17, 2013
Nashville MTA Board Approves CDM Smith for Final Design of The AmpThe global firm has expertise in designing transit systems and has been a leader in the field of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) for more than four decades. Six of CDM Smith's clients received federal funding in 2013 that is similar to what Metro-Nashville is seeking. The assigned project manager for final design of The Amp was previously deputy project manager for the preliminary and final design of the Cleveland Healthline BRT, a $200 million, 10-mile transit project that is widely viewed as the best BRT system in America today. A rapid-transit line serving a major artery of Middle Tennessee's urban core is a key component of the Regional Transit Vision adopted as policy via the MPO's 2035 Regional Transportation Plan.
October 1, 2013
Nashville Region's Vital Signs Launches Yearlong Initiative; Community-Drive Action Plans to be at Center of Regionwide CollaborationThe Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce unveiled its 2013 Nashville Region's Vital Signs report to the Middle Tennessee Mayors Caucus, kicking off a yearlong process of addressing specific regional needs with community-driven action plans. The MPO is the Chamber's lead partner in the initiative, with The Tennessean serving as official media partner to help distribute the report's information to the public. The full report explores the vital signs that help determine the 14-county Nashville region's strengths and challenges in four broad areas: economic vitality, quality of place and life, human capital, and regional effectiveness.
September 27, 2013
Nashville Area Leaders Launch Amp Coalition; Group Formed to Advocate for Public Transit - Critical to Nashville's FutureBusiness and community leaders came together today to launch the Amp Coalition, which will support a long-term rapid transit strategy for the Nashville region, beginning with the proposed Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line, The Amp, which will connect East and West Nashville via dedicated bus-only lanes operating at high frequencies. The coalition is chaired by Dr. Mike Schatzlein, CEO of St. Thomas Health, whose campus is located at the western terminus of the 7-mile corridor.
September 25, 2013
The Nashville Area MPO has completed its third unannounced region-wide count of bicyclists and pedestrians, documenting approximately 7,171 bicycle and pedestrian trips at 33 sampled locations throughout five counties on Sept. 10. The volunteer-driven effort is conducted biennially in conjunction with the National Bicycle & Pedestrian Documentation Project. Despite inclement weather during the afternoon, 2013's numbers are nearly identical to results from the 2011 counts. Read the Press Release!
September 6, 2013
U.S. Dept. of Transportation Announces $10 Million TIGER 2013 Grant to Improve Bus Service Into Downtown Nashville; Project Supports President Obama's Call to 'Fix It First' by Repairing Aging InfrastructureThe $13.8 million project includes the installation of upgraded traffic signal equipment and safety enhancements that will improve on-time bus service and provide a more comfortable ride for thousands traveling to Nashville's Central Business District daily. FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff was joined in Nashville by Mayor Karl Dean, local officials to announce the funds.
September 5, 2013
Nashville Region's Vital Signs Initiative to Highlight Key Regional Issues and Create Framework for Community-Driven SolutionsThe Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce is launching a major initiative aimed at providing fresh perspectives on issues facing the area and undertaking community-driven action plans. The Nashville Area MPO is serving as the Chamber's lead partner, with The Tennessean as media partner. Nashville Region's Vital Signs will kick off Oct. 1 with a report measuring the region's vitality in key areas, such as: the economy, talent, quality of life and place, civic & regional efficiency.
August 27, 2013
Cumberland River Compact Hosts Middle Tennessee Mayors' Caucus to Discuss Regional Sustainability, Conservation ChallengesThe Caucus convened at one of the world's greenest buildings today to discuss water quality, biodiversity, and flood preparedness among other environmental challenges facing the region. The Cumberland River Compact hosted the mayors at the historic Bridge Building on the East Bank of the Cumberland River, with presentations given by policy experts from: CRC, the Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and The Nature Conservancy's Tennessee Chapter.
August 15, 2013
FTA Clears Nashville AMP for Project DevelopmentMayor Karl Dean called the FTA notice a "major step forward" for the AMP Bus Rapid Transit project that aims to connect East and West Nashville, confirming it's a "viable project...that will change the way people travel in our city." In a letter to the Metro Transit Authority, FTA outlined the project's next steps; that many have already been completed, including the selection of a locally-preferred alternative (transit mode - BRT), and the project's inclusion in the region's vision for transit, as adopted with the MPO's 2035 Regional Transportation Plan.
July 25, 2013
Survey: Three in Four Nashville Voters Support Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) for CityA new survey of Davidson County voters has found large majorities supporting the introduction of BRT in Nashville, agreeing it is important to invest in public transportation to ensure communities continue to grow and thrive. Part of research funded by the Rockefeller Foundation in four cities, the Nashville survey found that 77 percent of respondents supported the introduction of a BRT system.
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