Cool Springs Circulator Study

Study Overview

This study provides an assessment of strategies to develop an integrated multimodal transportation network in the Cool Springs area, including a transit circulator system, ridesharing, fixed route and express bus service connectivity, park and ride facilities, and pedestrian systems as integrated components to increase overall mobility. 

Major Findings

The Cool Springs area has seen rapid employment and residential growth in the past two decades, and multiple corporations have located in the area. In addition, several large scale mixed use developments are either proposed or under construction along Carothers Parkway. The existing transportation infrastructure already experiences high levels of congestion even though the area has yet to be fully built out. The TMA Group, the local public transportation provider and administrator of the vanpool and rideshare program throughout Middle Tennessee, recognizes attempting to build a way out of traffic congestion will negatively impact the very “quality of life” that has attracted so many residents and companies to the Cool Springs area in the first place. This report proposes solutions to address the problem through a multimodal approach incorporating transit riders, bicyclists, pedestrians, and transportation demand management strategies.


Short-term recommendations:
1. Increase local mobility to better serve the Cool Springs area:

- add additional arterial routes along Seaboard Lane, and Carothers Parkway,
as well as rerouting the East Bound and SouthBound routes
- create a flex route along Carothers Parkway to directly serve residents and
employees east of I-65 with more demand responsive serve
- create a large dual direction loop that would circulate riders throughout the
entire study area
2. Improve infrastructure:
- enhance area bus stops with shelters and concrete pads
- establish a new park and ride lot
- increase transit capacity by using 30-foot buses instead of cutaway vehicles
3. Address multimodal alternatives:
- add additional bike lanes and off-street trails to better connect existing bike routes, and
- add pedestrian infrastructure improvements such as pedestrian refuges, curb
bumpouts and better signalization at intersections to enhance safety
4. Establish Transportation Demand Management Program:
-work closely with area employers, property managers, and developers to establish program

Medium Term Recommendations:
1. Establish regional connectivity:
- create express bus network to better connect Cool Springs with surrounding areas.
2. Create new Transit Center east of I-65:
- peak hour routes from Nashville, Spring Hill/ Columbia, Murfreesboro, and
Antioch would connect to local transit option at new Transit Center
- the Transit Center would serve multimodal connections, allowing express and
local bus riders to connect with vanpools, airport shuttles, carsharing and
bikesharing stations, and intercity bus lines 
3. Invest in infrastructure improvements:
- add Transit Signal Priority (TSP) to intersections within the Cool Springs
study area
- equip buses with Automatic Vehicle Locator (AVL) technology with the
ability to be accessed by the public
- bike and pedestrian enhancements would connect Cool Springs with
the rest of Franklin, especially Downtown, and with the rest of the region

Long Term Recommendations: 
1. Convert the express route buses to run all day and on weekends instead of just peak times
2. Establish a light rail or bus rapid transit (BRT) line to connect Franklin with Nashville
3. Create pedestrian bridges across I-65 to bridge both sides of the Interstate





  • Cool Springs Circulator Study

Completion Date

  • 2015


  • TranSystems
    The TMA Group

Study Partners

  • Nashville Area MPO
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