Regional Transportation Plan
The MPO soon will be launching a major update to the regional transportation plan in order to prepare for growth and development expected through the year 2040.
A 25-Year Vision for Transportation in the Greater Nashville Area
The MPO's Regional Transportation Plan establishes guiding principles, goals and objectives for the enhancement of Middle Tennessee's transportation system over the next 25 years. It details a multi-modal strategy to support the economic growth and prosperity goals of the region's communities, while dealing with the problems of future congestion, concerns for the health, safety and security of travelers, as well as the negative effects that system expansion has on the natural and socio-cultural environment. The plan was developed according to the following guiding principles:
- Livability- Enhance quality-of-life by supporting increased opportunities for affordable housing, education, jobs, recreation, and civic involvement without increasing the burden on citizens to enjoy their community;
- Prosperity- Contribute to regional economic well-being through transportation solutions that reduce the cost of living and doing business, increase access to education, jobs and amenities, and attract new investment;
- Sustainability- Support growth and prosperity without sacrificing public health, natural and socio-cultural resources, or the financial stability of this or future generations;
- Diversity- Recognize the multitude of needs and variety of perspectives and backgrounds of Middle Tennessee's citizenry by promoting a range of transportation choices designed with sensitivity to the desired context.
The 2035 Plan provides a balanced, financially-feasible set of transportation improvements that can be constructed or implemented over the next 25 years with nearly $6 billion in expected federal, state, and local revenues.
More about the MPO's Plan
The plan is updated every four or five years and may be amended as a result of changes in federal, state, and local funding, major investment studies, congestion management plans, interstate interchange justification studies, and environmental impact studies.
- Required by Federal Law. Must look ahead 20+ years and include all regionally significant road, transit, walking, and biking projects, regardless of how they are funded.
- The plan may include an illustrative vision that assumes revenues not already in place, but ultimately the plan must be financially-feasible based on a reasonable forecast of known revenue sources.
- The MPO is responsible for air quality modeling of mobile source pollutants and must ensure the plan conforms to national ambient air quality standards. Federal funding may be withheld otherwise.
- The plan must address regional goals for livability, sustainability, prosperity, and diversity.
- Any project receiving federal highway or federal transit funds must be approved by the MPO and included in the region's plan.
- The MPO has the authority to select projects for funding and to award funds to projects in the plan.
- The MPO may require grant recipients to abide by its policies in order to receive federal funding.
- The MPO may set-aside federal funds for projects that support significant policy initiatives like transit, walkable communities, livability, sustainability, etc.
Elements of a Transportation Plan
The 2035 Plan is a comprehensive set of strategies aimed at improving the livability, sustainability, prosperity, and diversity of Middle Tennessee through investments in all modes of transportation and in close coordination with land use planning. Read below about the planning efforts of the Nashville Area MPO and its partners.
In December 2010, the MPO adopted the 2035 Regional Transportation Plan for the greater- Nashville area. All plan documents, maps and project lists can be reviewed here.