News & Notes
February 25, 2013
NashvilleNext Launches Speaker SeriesThe community-driven process for preparing Nashville's 2040 General Plan will host a series of Monday-evening presentations by nationally-recognized experts on planning and sustainability, to continue through early May. Each program also includes: the release of a Background Report(s) on Middle Tenn. growth+prosperity issues; and an appearance by a local artist, in cooperation with the Metro-Nashville Arts Commission. Are you "n"? Read the Background Reports, or learn more about the Speaker Series (including a video archive of presentations).
February 5, 2013
NashvilleNext Kicks Off Countywide Plan with Free Event on Saturday, Feb. 16Residents, business owners, and community leaders are invited to participate in the launch event for a 3-year project to develop Nashville's 2040 General Plan. Join Mayor Karl Dean and former Maryland Gov. Parris Glendening, president of Smart Growth America's Leadership Institute, at the Downtown Public Library from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 16, to hear how you can help guide community decisions over the next 25 years.
January 30, 2013
IBM Identifies Ways Nashville Region Can Improve Transportation, Economic GrowthA recent IBM study, as commissioned by the Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee, offers an analysis of greater-Nashville's transportation networks and ways to accelerate a move to faster, safer, more reliable transportation for the region's citizens. Recommended strategies in IBM's reportinclude new express bus and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) routes, a universal fare card for regional transit, and improved access to Nashville International Airport.
October 18, 2012
Nashville Receives Bronze Award from League of American BicyclistsThe League of American Bicyclists has named Nashville a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community – a recognition of Metro-Nashville's efforts to welcome cyclists by providing safe accommodations for cycling, and encouraging people to bike for both transportation and recreation.
August 9, 2012
Metro's First Bike Corral Opens in East Nashville: Initiative by Public Works, MDHA continues effort to create more bike-friendly communitiesThe city's first bicycle parking corral --located in the thriving retail & residential area of Five Points-- gives cyclists a safe place to park and encourages cycling as a healthier, more sustainable mode of transportation. Dedicated bicycle parking areas (many of which have a public art component in Nashville) are typically safer than sidewalk or on-street parking, protecting cyclists from moving vehicles and providing more room for bike maneuverability.
July 27, 2012
Chamber's YP Nashville Names Two "Emerging Leaders" from Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning OrganizationMPO Executive Director Michael Skipper and Communications Director Mary Beth Ikard are among fifteen winners of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce's 2012 Nashville Emerging Leader Awards (NELAs). [News release courtesy of Metro-Nashville's Planning Department, wherein the MPO is housed.]
June 26, 2012
Nashville MTA Launches Round Two of Bus Rapid Transit Connector Meetings: Public Input Solicited on East-West Corridor ProjectMTA officials encourage people who live, work, play & travel along this congested corridor to comment on proposed route and station locations for a prospective bus rapid transit (BRT) system connecting the Five Points area in East Nashville, with Harding Town Center at White Bridge Rd. in West Nashville.
May 30, 2012
Nashville to Screen HBO Film Series: The Weight of the Nation Beginning June 12, the Nashville Civic Design Center & the Tennessee Obesity Taskforce will host screenings of the 4-part HBO documentary series, The Weight of the Nation, at the Downtown Public Library. The films feature: how this urgent societal challenge affects the nation's well-being & healthcare delivery system; case studies and interviews with experts, people & families struggling with obesity; how individuals, worksites, communities (including Nashville) are making positive changes. To further inform on how the built environment impacts health, the MPO will co-sponsor the events.
May 28, 2012
Construction Begins on First Transit-Oriented Development in TennesseeHamilton Springs in Lebanon will create a traditional neighborhood 'village' of residences & businesses with a Music City Star commuter train station at its center. The 221-acre community, which broke ground today, will also incorporate walking-distance access to offices and retailers from residences. It is the first Middle Tennessee development planned, designed, constructed to emphasize use of non-automobile transport -- encouraging community & economic development efforts, and enhancing existing transportation infrastructure in a sustainable way.
May 16, 2012
Nashville MPO Announces $1.65M in Mass Transit Project Awards: New Strategy Targets Projects Encouraging Trip Choices that Promote, Enable Use of TransitThese awards (via the MPO-managed FHWA Urban Surface Transportation Program) support ideas that may not have otherwise been funded through more traditional revenue streams for public transportation. As aligned with the bold, new vision for mass transit contained within Middle Tennessee's 2035 Regional Transportation Plan, selected projects include cost-effective approaches to assisting transit-riders and carpoolers with an ability to make more convenient, efficient, informed trip choices.
Media Inquiries and Requests for More Information:
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