News & Notes
September 15, 2014
MPO launches survey to gather feedback on regional needs
The Nashville Area MPO has launched a Regional Transportation Survey asking Middle Tennesseans to share their opinions about transportation issues. This feedback will help shape future investment in roadways, bridges, public transit and walking and bicycling facilities across Nashville and surrounding counties.
September 2, 2014
Clarksville announces feasibilty study to evaluate transit options
The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) has selected the firm of Parsons Brinkerhoff, Inc. to conduct a study to provide consensus among the RTA, the Nashville Area MPO, the Clarksville Urbanized Area MPO and community stakeholders on cost effective transit improvements to serve the Northwest area of Middle Tennessee.
September 1, 2014
Metro Nashville offers cyclists a safer spot in traffic
Nashville is one of the first southern cities to install a bike box, which provides space at an intersection that allows cyclists to cut ahead of traffic and wait in their own specially-designated area until the light turns green.
August 27, 2014
New station designs unveiled for the Amp
Designed by Tuck-Hinton Architects, the new Amp stations would allow for individual customization to provide context for each respective stop and neighborhood and/or district along the 7.1-mile BRT route.
August 13, 2014
NashvilleNext is seeking community input for future growth
NashvilleNext is a plan for Nashville’s future to ensure prosperity and well-being for the growth. With more than 185,000 new people over the next 25 years it is critical to protect the livability of the community. Take the survey to understand the trade-offs to development and vote on how the city should grow.
August 1, 2014
Nashville Area MPO expands its Metropolitan Planning Area
Last month, the executive board of the MPO voted to expand its metropolitan planning area (MPA) in Middle Tennessee to include Robertson and Maury counties. The move adds those communities to the regional organization that is responsible for directing where federal transportation dollars are spent within the Nashville area.
July 30, 2014
Negotiations continue to develop a solution to federal transportation funding
Late yesterday, the U.S. Senate passed an amended version the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014 (H.R. 5021). The legislation will now be sent to the U.S. House of Representatives for them to concur or amend. If the House amends the legislation further, it will have to be considered once more by the Senate before the President can sign the funding patch into law. Read more on the issue in Transportation For America’s blog.
July 25, 2014
Improved community outreach pays off for TDOT
Many state department of transportation's select transportation projects without much coordination with their local jurisdictions. Recently officials in Tennessee decided to do better. Now, key officials from the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) have reinvented how the department interacts with local communities to create better outcomes for projects across the state while saving taxpayer money at the same time.
July 17, 2014
Secretary Foxx pushes for long-term funding
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx will continue to advocate for long-term funding to pay for highway construction projects during an appearance at the National Press Club on July 21.
July 16, 2014
Nashville MPO Executive Director featured in The Point.
In the July issue of Wiliamson Inc.’s The Point, Michael Skipper provides insight into traffic challenges and possible solutions facing this growing community.