News & Notes

July, 2014

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, 2014

May 16, 2014

Widening of Mack Hatcher Parkway Complete in Williamson Countypdf 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, 2014

April 18, 2014

U.S. DOT Secretary Meets with MPO and its PartnerspdfAs 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, 2014

March 20, 2014

Lebanon's Hamilton Springs TOD Awarded $1.6 Million for Commuter-Rail Stationpdf 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 Areapdf 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.

February, 2014

February 11, 2014

Franklin Tomorrow Survey Indicates Transportation Choices DesiredpdfA Franklin Tomorrow survey of nearly 1,000 people who live or work in the City of Franklin found that 90 percent drive to work alone, and had schedules that did not make ridesharing possible. Roadway congestion was perceived as a worsening problem that affects Franklin's character, reputation, and the ability to recruit new jobs. A majority also said that if adequate sidewalks and trails were available, they would use them more. Land use was cited as important to the greater use of transit.

December, 2013

December 12, 2013

TDOT Wants Feedback on the Future of Transportation Investmentspdf Hate sitting in traffic? Is your daily commute growing? Want more transportation choices? The Tennessee Dept. of Transportation is updating its 25-Year Long-Range Transportation Plan to address the growing needs and changing demands of the state's transportation system. Public input is critical in establishing the goals of the department and making the plan a success.

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