News & Notes
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 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.
December 13, 2016
Haslam: Tennessee has 'to be a player' in Nashville's transit solution
Don't expect the state to sit unhelpfully on the sidelines while Nashville-area leaders pursue a $6 billion transit plan. But don't expect state leaders to open the funding floodgates, either.
December 6, 2016
Nashville considers new sidewalk requirements for developers
Sidewalks will take center stage at the Metro Council in the coming months as multiple bills seek to apply pressure to developers in Nashville to ensure that more are built and existing ones aren’t blocked during construction.
December 6, 2016
Uber fares cover less than half of ride costs, new report says
A new analysis of Uber's financial data suggests the ride-hailing company is losing as much as $2 billion a year, with passengers on average only paying 41 percent of the actual cost of a trip.