News & Notes
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.
July 14, 2014
TDOT’s HELP Program Celebrates 15 Years of Service
Last month TDOT's HELP Program hit a milestone with more than 1.8 million served during its first decade of service. HELP trucks began rolling in Nashville and Knoxville in the summer of 1999. Service began in Memphis and Chattanooga in the summer of 2000. Since the program launched, TDOT’s HELP drivers have responded to more than 1.8 million calls for various types of assistance. The number of HELP operators has also tripled since the program began, with 71 operators statewide working in three shifts seven days a week.
July 10, 2014
Nashville Area MPO Names New Senior Staff
Today the Nashville Area MPO announced three new senior staff members, Michelle Lacewell, APR, who will serve as deputy director and communications officer; Rochelle Carpenter as senior policy analyst; and Anna Emerson as senior transportation planner.
May 16, 2014
Widening of Mack Hatcher Parkway Complete in Williamson County TDOT has completed construction on a three-mile section of Mack Hatcher Parkway (State Route 397) --from south of State Route 96 to State Route 6 in Williamson County-- with all lanes open to traffic. The $23.4 million project widened the route from two to four lanes, and added double left-turn lanes at major intersections and an adjacent pathway for bicyclists and pedestrians.
April 18, 2014
U.S. DOT 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.