News & Notes

March, 2016

March 7, 2016

Moving Forward participants champion P3 legislation 
As part of its research, Moving Forward has brought in experts from around the country to learn about other communities' transit systems. In states like Texas, Florida and Virginia, regions have used public-private partnerships to address problems of congestion and traffic safety in a wide variety of ways. But in Tennessee, enabling legislation would be required to allow state and local governments to take the same approach.

March 3, 2016

MTA, RTA's nMotion process has released its three scenarios for future transit 
Transit officials are jumpstarting a new round of public engagement to get input on a final proposal to put before the MTA board, expected in the next couple of months. One common thread among all the plans: more frequent service hours and calls to improve pedestrian connections to transit stops and stations.

February, 2016

February 17, 2016

MPO executive board adopts long-range transportation plan for Middle Tennessee  
During the MPO's February executive board meeting mayors and county executives and transportation officials voted to adopt Middle Tennessee Connected, the 2016-2040 Regional Transportation Plan. This vote completes more than three years of work to update the plan last adopted in 2010, and represents the collective transportation investment goals of city and county governments, transit agencies, and the TDOT.   

February 9, 2016

Rutherford County open house rescheduled due to weather
The public open house to review the draft update for the Regional Transportation Plan has been canceled due to weather. The meeting will be held on Feb. 11 from 5-7 p.m. at Towne Center. 

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.

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