News & Notes
August 13, 2014
NashvilleNext is seeking community input for future growth
NashvilleNext is a plan for Nashville’s future to ensure prosperity and well-being for the growth. With more than 185,000 new people over the next 25 years it is critical to protect the livability of the community. Take the survey to understand the trade-offs to development and vote on how the city should grow.
August 1, 2014
Nashville Area MPO expands its Metropolitan Planning Area
Last month, the executive board of the MPO voted to expand its metropolitan planning area (MPA) in Middle Tennessee to include Robertson and Maury counties. The move adds those communities to the regional organization that is responsible for directing where federal transportation dollars are spent within the Nashville area.
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.