On Nov. 12, community leaders and elected officials from Middle Tennessee gathered for the Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) annual membership meeting. The event served as the public kick-off the 2040 Regional Transportation Planning (RTP) process and endorsement of regional priorities for the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) three-year work program.
The MPO executive board endorsed 24 projects from across the region to be included in TDOT’s three-year work program. Annually, this program is updated with projects submitted by MPOs from around the state and presented to the Tennessee General Assembly for funding as part of the state’s budget. Of the 24 projects endorsed as regional priorities, the top priority submitted by the MPO’s board is the East-West Connector Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project in Davidson County. A full
The MPO also announced $ 9.6 million in federal funding for grants through its active transportation program (ATP). With the local matching funds, more than $12 million will be directed to 10 projects in the region.
Additionally, the MPO honored community and business leaders from across Middle Tennessee for their positive influence on transportation policies, plans, and programs that direct investment throughout the region. Award categories included:
Excellence in Community Development, which was presented to Jack Bell for the Hamilton Springs development. This transit oriented development lies along the Music City Start between Lebanon and Mt. Juliet and is the first of its kind in the state of Tennessee.
Excellence in Ladders of Opportunity, which was presented to Metro Nashville Public Schools and Nashville MTA for their Stride Youth Mobility Program. This program allows high school students to ride MTA buses for free, improving access to education and activities.
Excellence in Public Health was presented to the YMCA of Middle Tennessee in recognition of their Pioneering Healthier Communities program. This program works with public and private sectors to define healthy community goals and implement active transportation.
Excellence in Innovation was presented to Conexion Americas and Metro Public Works for their collective efforts to improve safety along Nolensville Pike. Together these organizations improved crosswalk crossings and installed the county’s first bilingual street signs.
The Spirit of Transportation Leadership, was presented to former Transit Alliance Executive Director Ed Cole for his career long commitment to the advancement of regional transportation initiatives in Middle Tennessee. Cole has been instrumental in supporting coalitions, legislative efforts, public policy and community engagement to improve the transportation environment in the region.
Ed Cole and Nashville Area MPO Executive Director Michael Skipper
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Ms. Lou Edwards
With funding provided by:
Tennessee Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
Federal Transit Administration
MPO Member Governments