News & Notes

January, 2015

January 23, 2015

MTA presents recommendations of the future of the Amp
This week, Nashville MTA CEO Steve Bland presented recommednations to the MTA board on the future of the Amp. The Nashville Area MPO will continue to work with the MTA and RTA to support regional transit as part of comprehensive strategy to improve transportation in Middle Tennessee.

January 13, 2015

Chamber announces legislative priorities; support for regional mass transit and funding
The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce released its 2015 state and Metro legislative agendas this week. Priorities include participation from the state for funding mass transit, and expanding Metro Nashville's mulit-modal transit systems.

January 12, 2015

Sen. Corker calls for federal gas tax increase
Low gas prices have rekindled talk on Capitol Hill about raising the federal gas tax to eliminate huge annual deficits in the federal Highway Trust Fund that pays for road and bridge work around the country.

January 9, 2015

First U.S. high-speed rail project begins construction
On Tuesday in Fresno, California, USDOT Sec. Foxx joined Governor Jerry Brown, Congressman Jim Costa, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, California High-Speed Rail Authority (CaHSRA) Chairman Dan Richard, and others to celebrate the official groundbreaking for the high-speed rail system that will connect Los Angeles to San Francisco.

January 5, 2015

Tennessee named 'State of the Year' for Economic Development
For the second straight year, Tennessee won a top ranking for boosting jobs and capital investments through company relocations and expansions.

January 5, 2015

Nashville's Public Art - Explained and Mapped
he Metro Arts Commission launched a new mobile website,, that gathers all of the city's public art collection into one place, making it searchable on an interactive map that's loaded with details. 

January 2, 2015

Murfreesboro City Councilman Supports Expanded Rover Service 
While developing the city's 2035 Comprehensive Plan transportation needs, including roadways, sidewalks, bikes lanes and recreation trails will be examined to support the continued growth of the area. 

December, 2014

December 30, 2014

New Dicksono-to-Nashville Express Bus Service Announced
A new weekday service from Dickson to Nashville – Route 88X Dickson Express – will begin on Monday, January 5.  Two morning departures and two afternoon return trips will be offered daily between a Park & Ride Lot at the Dickson Walmart, located off Highway 46 and Beasley Drive, and Music City Central (MCC) in downtown Nashville.

December 15, 2014

Nashville Area MPO Recognized For Innovation
Last week Transportation for America unveiled a one-of-a-kind guidebook highlighting innovative metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) from around the county. The Nashville Area MPO was showcased as one of these innovative organizations that are working with business leaders and economic developers to make sure their regions are competitive and attractive to talented workers. 

December 12, 2014

State Transportation Funding Continues to be a Hot Topic 
As 2014 draws to a close, conversations about transportation funding at the federal, state and local levels are heating up and Governor Bill Haslam says there’s no way around hiking the state’s gas tax some time in the future. The tax, which hasn’t increased since 1989, is not keeping up with the rising cost of building and maintaining Tennessee’s roads and bridges.

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