News & Notes

August, 2015

August 14, 2015

Gov. Haslam visits Middle Tennessee to talk transportation needs.
Understanding that funding for transportation infrastructure is a significant issues for Middle Tennessee, Gov. Haslam is making his way through the state to hear the specific needs, priorities and concerns directly from local elected officials. 

August 6, 2015

TMA Group releases Cool Springs Multimodal transportation report
The TMA Group, which manages and operates Franklin Transit, recently released its multimodal study for the Cool Springs area which offers a variety of recommendations to improving service in the area. View the full report and recommendations online. 

August 5, 2015

Regional business leaders launch new initiative to support transit
The Nashville Area Chamber has announced a new initiative called Moving Forward: Transit Solutions for Our Region, whose key aim is to break ground on a rapid transit project by 2020. Moving Forward will involve business and community leaders, elected officials and stakeholders throughout Middle Tennessee to identify funding sources for transit projects, target areas where transit is most necessary, and ultimately transform our transit landscape.

August 3, 2015

U.S. Senate approves multi-year transportation bill: What you need to know. 
Transportation for America outlines 10 things you need to know about the multi-year transportation authorization bill by a 65-34 vote in the Senate, the DRIVE Act. 

July, 2015

July 20, 2015

Gov. Haslam plans statewide tour on transportation funding
The Governor of Tennessee plans to take on groups who are in opposition to his efforts to raise Tennessee's gas tax. This push to increase revenue to fund the state's road would be the first increase in 25 years.

July 13, 2015

TDOT faces growing challenges to improve traffic on Middle Tennessee interstates
The sheer numbers of vehicles on Nashville’s interstate system has surged in the past decade as more and more residents flock to Middle Tennessee. Historically, widening the highways was the default to addressing more traffic volume, however that is not a solution for the future.

July 9, 2015

U.S. DOT updates Highway Trust Fund ticker as deadline approaches
DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx has posted an update on the DOT's blog sharing past balances and projected balances for the two Highway Trust Fund accounts, the Highways Account and the Mass Transit Account. Those graphs showed the Highways Account balance quickly approaching zero with the Mass Transit Account balance not far behind.

June, 2015

June 19, 2015

Regional leaders discuss transportation needs, funding
When it comes to solving regional transportation problems, the biggest obstacle is, no doubt, funding. Which was a topic front and center during the CRT's Power of Ten Summit. The summit was organized to advance discussions on transportation that have been underway as population rates in Middle Tennessee climb at a rapid pace. One million people are expected to move to the area in the next 25 years, growth that will make existing congestion problems far worse. 

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.


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