News & Notes

August, 2015

August 3, 2015

U.S. Senate approves multi-year transportation bill: What you need to know. 
Transportation for America outlines 10 things you need to know about the multi-year transportation authorization bill by a 65-34 vote in the Senate, the DRIVE Act. 

July, 2015

July 20, 2015

Gov. Haslam plans statewide tour on transportation funding
The Governor of Tennessee plans to take on groups who are in opposition to his efforts to raise Tennessee's gas tax. This push to increase revenue to fund the state's road would be the first increase in 25 years.

July 13, 2015

TDOT faces growing challenges to improve traffic on Middle Tennessee interstates
The sheer numbers of vehicles on Nashville’s interstate system has surged in the past decade as more and more residents flock to Middle Tennessee. Historically, widening the highways was the default to addressing more traffic volume, however that is not a solution for the future.

July 9, 2015

U.S. DOT updates Highway Trust Fund ticker as deadline approaches
DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx has posted an update on the DOT's blog sharing past balances and projected balances for the two Highway Trust Fund accounts, the Highways Account and the Mass Transit Account. Those graphs showed the Highways Account balance quickly approaching zero with the Mass Transit Account balance not far behind.

June, 2015

June 19, 2015

Regional leaders discuss transportation needs, funding
When it comes to solving regional transportation problems, the biggest obstacle is, no doubt, funding. Which was a topic front and center during the CRT's Power of Ten Summit. The summit was organized to advance discussions on transportation that have been underway as population rates in Middle Tennessee climb at a rapid pace. One million people are expected to move to the area in the next 25 years, growth that will make existing congestion problems far worse. 

June 16, 2015

TDOT announces Multimodal Access Fund Grants
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer announced yesterday the award of $10.2 million in Multimodal Access Fund Grants to 14 communities across the state. The grants will fund infrastructure projects that support the transportation needs of transit users, pedestrians, and bicyclists by addressing gaps along the state highway network.

June 15, 2015

Power of Ten Summit to focus on regional transit solutions
The need for transportation solutions has become a top priority for Nashville, and local nonprofit Cumberland Region Tomorrow is seeking to advance the conversation with a one-day summit focused on the issue. The Power of Ten Summit, set for June 18, gathers leaders from 10 Middle Tennessee counties — Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Maury, Montgomery, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson and Wilson. The event will include experts from national think tanks and companies, as well as local transportation and planning officials.

June 3, 2015

Nashville Area Chamber releases health study with regional partners
The Chamber, Nashville Area MPO and a wide variety of partners have announced a landmark report that delves into the health of a distinct metropolitan area. Unlike other reports, which usually look at large areas, such as whole states, or local areas, such as counties, this study dives into how the health of residents of a metropolitan area rank to other benchmark cities.

June 1, 2015

Nashville MTA youth ridership growing
StrIDe, Metro Nashville’s free youth transit program for Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) and charter school students, saw an 11 percent jump in ridership from 2014 to 2015, according to Nashville MTA officials. StrIDe is a partnership between the Mayor’s Office, MNPS, Nashville MTA and Metro Council. 

May, 2015

May 28, 2015

Construction to begin this summer on new Lebanon train station 
After a recent site approval, construction on the new station for the Music City Star is expected this summer. The station will be part of the Hamilton Springs mixed-use development off West Main Street between Highway 109 and the Lebanon Public Square. Lebanon’s planning commission approved the plans earlier this week for the train station. 


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