News & Notes
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.
December 11, 2014
MPO Awards Funds for Active Transportation Projects
On December 10, the Nashville Area MPO formally awarded nearly $10 million in grant money for active transportation projects across the region. Administered through MPO's Active Transportation Program, the projects selected support active transportation and the development of walkable communities.
November 13, 2014
Nashville Area MPO Announces Leadership Awards
Yesterday elected officials and community partners from across Middle Tennessee gathered to endorse regional transportation priorities for federal and state funding, and to recognize recipients of the 2014 annual leadership awards.
May 16, 2014
Widening of Mack Hatcher Parkway Complete in Williamson County TDOT has completed construction on a three-mile section of Mack Hatcher Parkway (State Route 397) --from south of State Route 96 to State Route 6 in Williamson County-- with all lanes open to traffic. The $23.4 million project widened the route from two to four lanes, and added double left-turn lanes at major intersections and an adjacent pathway for bicyclists and pedestrians.
April 18, 2014
U.S. DOT Secretary Meets with MPO and its PartnersAs funding for America's surface transportation programs are set to expire later this year, the U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Anthony Foxx, stopped in Nashville --as part of his Invest in America, Commit to the Future bus tour-- to speak with the MPO about the federal government's role in helping metro areas to manage significant challenges to mobility and livability. MPO mayors expressed their support for revenues to stabilize and grow the Highway Trust Fund, as well as the empowerment of local governments to work with states, through the MPO process, to identify, fund, and implement the best projects for metros.
March 20, 2014
Lebanon's Hamilton Springs TOD Awarded $1.6 Million for Commuter-Rail Station Middle Tennessee's First Transit-Oriented Development will soon have a Music City Star rail station at its center. Through its Mass Transit Program, the Nashville Area MPO awarded the Regional Transportation Authority $1.6 million to fund the completion of Hamilton Springs Station, a rail stop envisioned at the heart of the emerging development. The MPO's Mass Transit Program directs ten percent of the region's Urban Surface Transportation funds from the Federal Highway Administration, toward transportation investments that diversify mobility options toward the more sustainable modes.
March 12, 2014
More People Are Riding Transit in the Nashville Area The Nashville MTA and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) of Middle Tennessee report that each agency's year-to-date statistics for fiscal year 2014 compared to fiscal year 2013 show that ridership is increasing. Ridership on the RTA system has increased seven percent, while MTA's system ridership has increased two percent. For two consecutive years (Fiscal Years 2012 and 2013), the MTA and RTA systems have jointly recorded over 10 million passenger trips.
February 11, 2014
Franklin Tomorrow Survey Indicates Transportation Choices DesiredA Franklin Tomorrow survey of nearly 1,000 people who live or work in the City of Franklin found that 90 percent drive to work alone, and had schedules that did not make ridesharing possible. Roadway congestion was perceived as a worsening problem that affects Franklin's character, reputation, and the ability to recruit new jobs. A majority also said that if adequate sidewalks and trails were available, they would use them more. Land use was cited as important to the greater use of transit.
December 12, 2013
TDOT Wants Feedback on the Future of Transportation Investments Hate sitting in traffic? Is your daily commute growing? Want more transportation choices? The Tennessee Dept. of Transportation is updating its 25-Year Long-Range Transportation Plan to address the growing needs and changing demands of the state's transportation system. Public input is critical in establishing the goals of the department and making the plan a success.