News & Notes

February, 2016

February 5, 2016

Lawmakers unveil legislation to enable public-private partnerships in Tennessee
Senate Bill 2093 would authorize partnerships between government bodies like cities, counties and state government to receive transportation proposals for development, redevelopment and operation of transportation facilities. 

January, 2016

January 31, 2016

State could be key for Nashville transit
Early signs indicate the state could help facilitate Metro's next transit endeavor. That outlook is strengthened by unprompted remarks last week by Republican Gov. Bill Haslam, who said the state needs to be involved in regional mass transit efforts in the Nashville area.

January 20, 2016

MPO announces public meetings to review the Regional Transportation Plan
The MPO has scheduled meetings in each of the seven counties of its planning area to review the draft regional transportation plan (RTP) for Middle Tennessee. The plan is scheduled for adoption by the MPO executive board on Feb. 17. 

January 8, 2016

FHWA highlights Middle Tennessee's increased investment in active transportation
Across the Nation, support continues to grow for enhancing transportation networks through improvements to bicycle lanes, sidewalks, and greenways. To meet similar growing needs in Middle Tennessee, the MPO and its Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee developed the Active Transportation Program (ATP) to directly fund such projects in the region.

January 7, 2016

Middle Tennessee Connected available for public review
Middle Tennessee Connected, the draft update to the region's long-range transportation plan, was presented during the MPO's Annual Partnership Luncheon in December and is now available for public review and comment. The MPO will be collecting feedback on the proposed plan prior to adoption in early 2016. 

December, 2015

December 14, 2015

Mayor Megan Barry announces new staff to oversee transportation and sustainability 
Mayor Barry has tapped a consultant from California to be her office’s director of transportation and sustainability — a newly created position she touted regularly on the campaign trail to oversee Nashville’s transit needs and future upgrades.

December 11, 2015

Regional community leaders honored during MPO Annual Partnership Luncheon
On Dec. 9, 2015 nearly 200 Middle Tennessee mayors, legislators, and community leaders met for the presentation of Middle Tennessee Connected - the draft update to the Regional Transportation Plan and to honor individuals and organizations who have made a significant contribution to Middle Tennessee's transportation initiatives over the past year.

October, 2015

October 14, 2015

MPO recruits former Metro Council member to study parking policies across region 
The Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) has hired former Metro Council member Peter Westerholm to lead research and develop recommendations to address Nashville’s growing downtown parking and mobility challenges. Westerholm’s efforts will inform policy strategies to be included in the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), which is slated for adoption by area city and county mayors in early 2016.

October 5, 2015

Regional Transit Authority releases "State of the System" report
As part of the nMotion process, RTA has released its evaluation of the current transit highlighting issues holding back transit through the 10-county region.

October 1, 2015

Transportation Innovation Academy visits Denver for seeking lessons learned 
Last week, leaders from Raleigh, Nashville and Indy got to see the fruits of Denver’s labor firsthand as part of the Transportation Innovation Academy in partnership with Transportation for America and TransitCenter. 

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