Moving Tennessee Forward, Vol I

Study Overview

Developed in partnership with the Nashville Civic Design Center, Moving Tennessee Forward: Models for Connecting Communities is an idea book intended to help provide a better understanding of the importance of linking good urban design with transportation and land use policies. The book provides a reinterpretation of the 2035 Regional Transportation Plan through the lens of an urban designer and serves as an idea book for Nashville and other urban areas in Tennessee and the nation.

Major Findings

The projects in this book expand upon concepts initially addressed in previous studies conducted in Nashville, and includes the following chapters:

Chapter 1 - "Connecting People to Places" builds upon the recommendations in the 2009 Together Making Nashville Green report. 
Chapter 2 - "Reclaiming Public Space" examines opportunities to reclaim under-utilized spaces.
Chapter 3 - "Developing with Transit" utilizes NCDC's partnership with the University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design to focus on transit oriented development opportunities along the Music City Star commuter rail line and the Northeast Corridor Study, including the areas of Madison, Hendersonville, and Gallatin. 
Chapter 4 - "Anticipating Transit" highlights developments that incorporate transit infrastructure for potential future transit investments. 
Chapter 5 - "Healing the Pikes", explores the concept of rejuvenating historic commercial corridors to remake them into vibrant and functional mixed-use walkable "high streets". 
Chapter 6 - "Enhancing Bridges" includes critical suggestions for improving Nashville's bridges as gateways and important pedestrian enhancements. 


The report presents many designs and visions for the future, as well as the following recommendations specifically related to transit: 

Short Term Actions:
- increase frequencies on existing transit routes, introduce real-time transit information, increase transit service to new and unserved areas, implement green building practices, pursue dedicated funding sources. 

Mid Term Actions
- extend Gallatin Road BRT, phase-in BRT on additional neighborhood connectors throughout the city, revising downtown transit system map to clarify routes to riders. 

Long Term Actions
- MTA should pursue high-capacity regional transit service, including light rail, commuter rail, more intensive BRT routes. Parallel these investments with increasing neighborhood connectors, circulators, and bike/ped facilities. 





  • Moving Tennessee Forward, Vol I

Completion Date

  • 2012, Update 2016-2017


  • Nashville Civic Design Center

Study Partners

  • Nashville Area MPO
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