News & Notes

June, 2015

June 16, 2015

TDOT announces Multimodal Access Fund Grants
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer announced yesterday the award of $10.2 million in Multimodal Access Fund Grants to 14 communities across the state. The grants will fund infrastructure projects that support the transportation needs of transit users, pedestrians, and bicyclists by addressing gaps along the state highway network.

June 15, 2015

Power of Ten Summit to focus on regional transit solutions
The need for transportation solutions has become a top priority for Nashville, and local nonprofit Cumberland Region Tomorrow is seeking to advance the conversation with a one-day summit focused on the issue. The Power of Ten Summit, set for June 18, gathers leaders from 10 Middle Tennessee counties — Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Maury, Montgomery, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson and Wilson. The event will include experts from national think tanks and companies, as well as local transportation and planning officials.

June 3, 2015

Nashville Area Chamber releases health study with regional partners
The Chamber, Nashville Area MPO and a wide variety of partners have announced a landmark report that delves into the health of a distinct metropolitan area. Unlike other reports, which usually look at large areas, such as whole states, or local areas, such as counties, this study dives into how the health of residents of a metropolitan area rank to other benchmark cities.

June 1, 2015

Nashville MTA youth ridership growing
StrIDe, Metro Nashville’s free youth transit program for Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) and charter school students, saw an 11 percent jump in ridership from 2014 to 2015, according to Nashville MTA officials. StrIDe is a partnership between the Mayor’s Office, MNPS, Nashville MTA and Metro Council. 

May, 2015

May 28, 2015

Construction to begin this summer on new Lebanon train station 
After a recent site approval, construction on the new station for the Music City Star is expected this summer. The station will be part of the Hamilton Springs mixed-use development off West Main Street between Highway 109 and the Lebanon Public Square. Lebanon’s planning commission approved the plans earlier this week for the train station. 

May 20, 2015

Springfield leaders weigh funding cut for Robertson County commuter bus
One of Robertson County’s sole mass transit resources could be eliminated as Springfield city leaders weigh cutting funding for the services. The cost of operating the Regional Transportation Authority’s (RTA) two buses that make the daily pickups in Springfield is expected to increase this year and be removed from the city budget. 

April, 2015

April 7, 2015

State Route 109 public meetings announced
The Nashville Area MPO has scheduled three upcoming workshops in Sumner and Wilson Counties to discuss the State Route 109 Access Management Study with the public. Residents, business owners and anyone who commutes on State Route 109 are encouraged to attend the workshops. Meetings will be held on April 14, 15, and 16. 

April 3, 2015

MTA launches nMotion2015 Strategic Plan with public meetings
The Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) will kick off the first phase of a yearlong strategic planning process – nMotion2015 – with two community meetings on Tuesday, April 7.  Area residents, businesses and those interested in participating are encouraged to attend. 

March, 2015

March 5, 2015

Nashville Region Selected to Participate in National Transportation Academy 
Transportation for America and the TransitCenter, Inc., have selected Middle Tennessee to be part of the Transportation Innovation Academy, which is operated by the two national organizations. The goal of the Academy is to prepare participants to advance transportation initiatives within their own communities while plugging them into a dynamic national network of industry leaders.

February, 2015

February 20, 2015

The Nashville Area Chamber highlights transportation as key economic development issue 
The Chamber's Partnership 2020 economic development initiative is expanding its focus to address the region's top challenges — education and transit. Those issues, which have long been local touch points, will be studied more aggressively to help recruit more corporations to Middle Tennessee.


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