News & Notes
April 18, 2014
USDOT 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.
December 11, 2013
Middle Tennessee Transit Vision Reissued as "Tube"-Style Schematic; 2035 Plan's Near, Mid, Long-Term Transit Elements Graphically Stylized to Facilitate Public Understanding The Nashville Area MPO, in partnership with area transit operators, has fabricated a more graphically-appealing way to convey the "bold, new vision for mass transit" from the 2035 Regional Transportation Plan, adopted by the MPO mayors in late 2010. The greater-Nashville "route" map conceptually conveys the major regional transit-planning elements over the near, mid, and long-term -- the style of which is based upon the now-ubiquitous passenger-wayfinding schematics used by world-class transit systems, like the London Underground, the New York City subway, and the D.C. Metro.
December 11, 2013
MPO Board Adopts Region's Next 4-Year Transportation Work Program; Nearly $1 billion in projects for 2014-2017 to enhance mobility for all modes of surface transport in Middle Tenn.At its monthly meeting this morning, the mayors and county executives that comprise the Executive Board for the Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization adopted the region's 2014-2017 work program, a roster of surface transportation projects totaling almost $1 billion. The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) delineates how greater-Nashville will allocate federal, state, and local funding on all regionally-significant transportation projects in the near-term.
October 23, 2013
TDOT Announces Multimodal Access FundThis new fund will support the mobility of transit riders, pedestrians, and bicyclists through infrastructure projects that address existing gaps along the state highway network. Eligible projects (not to exceed $1 million) might include: sidewalks and pedestrian-crossing improvements, bus shelters, park-and-ride facilities, and bicycle lanes -- funded 95% by TDOT, with the remaining 5% to be matched by local communities. Requests for project-funding must be submitted to TDOT through the MPO.
October 17, 2013
Nashville MTA Board Approves CDM Smith for Final Design of The AmpThe global firm has expertise in designing transit systems and has been a leader in the field of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) for more than four decades. Six of CDM Smith's clients received federal funding in 2013 that is similar to what Metro-Nashville is seeking. The assigned project manager for final design of The Amp was previously deputy project manager for the preliminary and final design of the Cleveland Healthline BRT, a $200 million, 10-mile transit project that is widely viewed as the best BRT system in America today. A rapid-transit line serving a major artery of Middle Tennessee's urban core is a key component of the Regional Transit Vision adopted as policy via the MPO's 2035 Regional Transportation Plan.
October 1, 2013
Nashville Region's Vital Signs Launches Yearlong Initiative; Community-Drive Action Plans to be at Center of Regionwide CollaborationThe Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce unveiled its 2013 Nashville Region's Vital Signs report to the Middle Tennessee Mayors Caucus, kicking off a yearlong process of addressing specific regional needs with community-driven action plans. The MPO is the Chamber's lead partner in the initiative, with The Tennessean serving as official media partner to help distribute the report's information to the public. The full report explores the vital signs that help determine the 14-county Nashville region's strengths and challenges in four broad areas: economic vitality, quality of place and life, human capital, and regional effectiveness.
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