News & Notes
August 23, 2016
Nashville area wants big, bold transit, so build it
Nashville-area residents asked for a big, bold transit plan and that is exactly what they got in the nMotion recommendations released Wednesday. Now, their elected officials need to commit to the funding and the follow-through to make this ambitious, expensive and very long-term project a reality.The $6 billion price tag for the 25-year comprehensive proposal presented by the Metropolitan Transit Authority and Regional Transportation Authority to their boards this past week is in 2016 dollars.
August 17, 2016
Metro recommends $6 billion transit plan for Nashville region
The report is in and the verdict is big. Connect Nashville and Clarksville with commuter rail. Build light rail on four busy Nashville corridors. Install bus rapid transit on three other major roadways. There’s also recommendations for “freeway BRT” and bus-on-shoulder service on Middle Tennessee interstates, a new airport transit network, new regional transit hubs, and improvements to the city’s existing buses for more frequent, efficient and easier service.
August 16, 2016
Nashville Investigates Need for Its Own Department of Transportation
Nashville Mayor Megan Barry assigned one of her top advisors on Monday to explore the possibility of creating a Department of Transportation for the city. In the past year, two studies by urban planners — NashvilleNext by Metro Planning and the Gear Up 2020 report by the Urban Land Institute — recommended that transportation be split apart from Metro Public Works.
August 15, 2016
State Route 840 to become part of interstate system
State Route 840 will soon be designated as an interstate following a Federal Highway Administration ruling.
August 5, 2016
Spring Hill second best small city in nation, according to new report
Spring Hill ranked second out of 245 other cities in a new report by NerdWallet.com identifying the best small cities in the nation for families.
August 3, 2016
Parking operators cash in on rising downtown Nashville rates
The changing of the guard in Nashville's parking market comes amid increased demand from more downtown residents, tourists and office workers. Local growth and reduced supply in some areas of downtown while new buildings rise on former surface lots mean parking patrons are having to dig deeper into their pockets.
July 21, 2016
Nashville traffic project to impact hundreds of intersections
There are roughly 850 intersections in Nashville controlled by traffic lights. This project will adjust the timing for 550 of them. It’s an expensive endeavor, but it’s expected to cut down on driving time and traffic. “This is the biggest synchronization project we’ve done by far,” said Mark Macy, director of Metro Public Works.
July 1, 2016
Mt. Juliet awarded funds to build Cedar Creek Greenway
Mt. Juliet has announced plans to construct a 1.15-mile greenway on the north side of town after being awarded federal funds through the state. The Cedar Creek Greenway will have three trailheads — at Charlie Daniels Park, Park Glen and Tuscan Gardens — and will run along Cedar Creek, according to city officials.
June 28, 2016
Smart Growth America releases "Amazing Places" report
Six cities, including Nashville, were highlights in this new report for using a variety of smart growth strategies to create neighborhoods which are in turn attracting new residents, supporting existing businesses, and growing new ones.
June 27, 2016
NPR looks into the possibility of relocating Radnor Yard
Nashville business leaders are pushing for a pie-in-the-sky approach to transit. And the 10-point action plan released last week included jump starting conversations about moving the sprawling Radnor Rail Yard out of town to free up the tracks for possible commuter traffic.