News & Notes
September 28, 2016
FY 2017-2020 TIP now available for public comment
The Nashville Area MPO is seeking public comment on the FY 2017-2020 Transportation Improvement Program, or TIP, The TIP is a four-year work program that lists all regionally significant and federally-funded transportation projects and services in the MPO planning area. The program includes projects for all modes of surface transportation including highways and streets, public transportation, and walking and bicycling.
September 22, 2016
Potential Spring Hill plan could widen Highway 31 to five lanes
The widening of U.S. Highway 31 to five lanes might still be a few years away, but city leaders are looking at options, which could cost an estimated $19 million. The Transportation Advisory Committee has kept the U.S. 31 widening project as its standing first item of discussion for years. On Monday, TAC invited the public to look at an initial functional layout for how it can be done. Mike Biggs, of Wiser Consultants, presented the plans, which include four travel lanes and one center turn lane from Buckner Road to Miles Johnson Parkway.
September 21, 2016
Middle Tennessee leaders adopt $6B regional transit plan
It still lacks funding, and details are only conceptual, but Middle Tennessee took an early first step on Wednesday to move toward a robust transit system in the region. The Regional Transportation Authority’s board of directors, which includes Middle Tennessee mayors and appointees from Gov. Bill Haslam, voted unanimously Wednesday morning to adopt plans for a $5.97 billion regional transit system. The 25-year vision includes an assortment of transit options including rail within Davidson County and connecting Nashville to outing counties.
September 20, 2016
Local entrepreneur Mark Cleveland launches carpooling app Hytch
Former Swiftwick CEO Mark Cleveland built his business reputation with athletic socks. Now, he is using his expertise to tackle a bigger issue: traffic congestion. His solution is called Hytch, an app that connects carpoolers. The ideas is that Middle Tennessee passengers can be productive or relax and drivers can make money as they commute, all while taking cars off the road. By helping them find, organize and pay one another Hytch can increase the number of carpooling groups in the region.
September 16, 2016
Broadway-West End gets new, scaled-back transit vision
Two years ago, uproar from affluent neighborhoods along West End Avenue helped derail transit plans for the Amp, which called for high-speed buses on dedicated lanes whizzing by cars on Nashville's highest profile corridor. Now, as Metro transit officials next week consider adopting a 25-year plan that outlines a vast $6 billion regional transit system, the vision for heavily trafficked Broadway-West End has been scaled back considerably.
September 16, 2016
Summit features Williamson's transit needs, solutions
Williamson Inc. President Matt Largen drove right through the crowd at Thursday's transportation summit. He wasn't in a car, but in a solar- and pedal-powered trike known as an ELF, where he quietly made his way to the front of the stage.
The notable entrance kicked off the county's second annual transportation summit, one of several events during Mobility Week, which advocates for transportation alternatives such as flexible work schedules and alternative lunch options to keep cars off the road. More than a dozen transit vendors, all Williamson County cities and towns and about 250 people attended Thursday's summit.
September 15, 2016
Why Williamson Inc. offers flexible work schedules
Williamson Inc. CEO Matt Largen believes productivity has actually increased since the organization started allowing employees to work from home one day each week. Largen is a vocal proponent of flexible scheduling and said there are benefits reaped by both employees, such as work-life balance, and employers, such as talent retention.
September 14, 2016
Tennessee lawmakers fix DUI law, end special session
Tennessee lawmakers Wednesday approved changes to a DUI law that would undo a measure the federal government said would jeopardize $60 million in federal funding.
September 12, 2016
How Williamson County hopes 'Mobility Week' will help its traffic problem
Starting Monday, Williamson Inc., the county's chamber of commerce, will embark on a weeklong series of events dubbed "Mobility Week," geared toward finding creative ways to reduce the county's traffic congestion. The week will culminate in a Transportation Summit featuring speakers and panels on the county's traffic future.
September 12, 2016
Walk/Bike Nashville Adult Cycling classes
Walk Bike University is dedicated to bringing free or low cost bicycle education to the Nashville community! The workshops currently offered by Walk/Bike Nashville are listed at the above link.