Transportation is an Important Part of Our Regions's Growth & Continued Quality of Life
Our transportation system, with its vast network of roads, bus routes, rail lines, sidewalks, and bicycle lanes, is the backbone of our region. Coordinated planning of that system is critical to the continued growth of our local and regional economies. Planning also is important to ensure that as the system grows to manage the traffic congestion that we know is coming as a result of our economic growth and development, and that it grows in a way that is sensitive to our region's valuable natural and community resources.
Serving as a regional partnership among the United States Department of Transportation, Tennessee Department of Transportation, transit agencies, local elected leadership, local planning and public works directors, the business community, and citizens across the five-plus county planning area, the Nashville Area MPO leads in the development of the region's long-range transportation plan and short-range Transportation Improvement Program and contributes to ongoing conversations about issues such as land use, economic development, climate change and the environment, safety and security, and health.
The MPO has the authority to plan, prioritize, and select transportation projects for federal funding appropriated by the United States Congress through the United States Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration; and is responsible to for ensuring the region is in compliance with federal planning requirements and national ambient air quality standards.
Update to the Regional Transportation Plan for the Greater Nashville Area
In 2014, the MPO kicked-off a major update to the regional transportation plan (RTP) for the greater Nashville area which will identify major priorities for roadway and public transit improvements and help advance efforts to make Middle Tennessee communities more walkable and bicycle-friendly. This comprehensive plan addressing all modes of surface transportation is scheduled for adoption in early 2016. The draft plan is available for review here.
FY 2014 to FY 2017 Transportation Improvement Program
The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is the short-range work program used by the MPO to fund projects in the current regional transportation plan. The MPO adopted the region's current 4-year program in December 2012, providing nearly 1 billion dollars in investments in roadways, transit, sidewalks, greenways, ITS, and air quality outreach programs between 2014 to 2017. A new TIP is under development to serve as the first five years, FYs 2015-2020, of the next regional transportation plan.
Annual Unified Planning Work Program
Every year the MPO seeks input from state agencies, local governments, citizens, businesses, and other interested parties to develop its annual planning work program. Have an idea for a study? Like to see research on a particular topic related to transportation? Read our current planning work program.
Nashville Region's Vital Signs
Each October, the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and MPO publish a major report to the region that tracks data points related to key issues affecting Middle Tennessee's economic well-being and quality of life in order to facilitate conversation about community-driven solutions to reinforce our strengths and address our weaknesses. Find the most current edition of Vital Signs here.
- Southeast Area Transportation & Land Use Study
The MPO is working with local governments, area transit operators, and TDOT to evaluate transit options along the I-24 corridor, and support increased coordination of land use and transportation plans and policies across Davidson, Rutherford, Williamson, and Wilson counties.
- State Route 109 Access Management Study
The MPO is working with TDOT and local partners to provide specific recommendations for the continued development of the SR 109 highway corridor stretching from I-65 in Sumner County to SR 840 in Wilson County. The effort is a follow-up to the Tri-County Transportation & Land Use Study which established a preferred growth strategy for the three-county area as well as recommendations for improvements to the areaâ€™s transportation system including the SR 109 corridor, and serves as an early step in the implementation of a proposed corridor management agreement among affected stakeholders.
- Regional Bicycle & Pedestrian Planning Activities
The MPO is refreshing the findings from the 2009 Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Study with an update to the regional inventory of facilities, measures of bicycle and pedestrian levels of service, and latent demand analysis..
- Regional Freight & Goods Movement Study - Phase III
The MPO is conducting the third phase of the regional freight & goods movement study. The phase will focus on the local impacts of freight movement and the development of strategies to align economic development, land use decisions, and urban design considerations with freight and local delivery needs while minimizing conflicts with quality of life principles. Prior phases have profiled the region's freight characteristics, provided tools for forecasting freight movement, and developed methods for integrating freight needs into the regional transportation planning and programming process.
- Northwest Corridor Transit Study
An evaluation of the cost and ridership associated with various major transit investments along the 50-mile corridor connecting Clarksville and Nashville. The study will be conducted by the RTA in coordination with the Nashville Area MPO and Clarksville Urbanized Area MPO.
- Regional Transit Needs Assessment
The MPO is working with area transit partners to update local and regional master plans to further integrate the vision established by the 2035 Regional Transportation Plan.Â The effort will provide the analysis needed to identify and prioritize transit projects for the 2040 Regional Transportation Plan and local agency capital and operating budgets.
- Urban Design Activities
The MPO is continuing its support for the integration of transportation planning, urban design, and land use planning through additional work with the Nashville Civic Design Center to explore transit-oriented development (TOD) and other quality urban form concepts.
Recently Completed Studies
- Broadway | West End Corridor Alternatives Analysis (2012)
An evaluation of Streetcar, Light Rail and Bus Rapid Transit options between downtown Nashville and the "West End." The recommended alternative is currently being developed as the Amp bus rapid transit project.
- Southwest Area Transportation & Land Use Study (2012)
A scenario planning effort that yielded a preferred vision for growth and development for Williamson county and neighboring jurisdictions and corresponding recommendations for local and regional land use and transportation plans and policies.
- Tri-County Transportation & Land Use Study (2010)
A scenario planning effort that yielded a preferred vision for growth and development across Robertson, Sumner, and Wilson counties and corresponding recommendations for local and regional land use and transportation plans and policies.
- Regional Freight & Goods Movement Study - Phase I and Phase II (2010)
Provided an overview of the significance of truck, rail, water, and air freight movement in the Nashville area, tools to forecast future commodity flows and truck and rail traffic, and a process to evaluate transportation projects for their impact to freight and goods movement.
- Regional Architecture for Intelligent Transportation Systems (2010)
A master plan for ensuring information technology and communications efforts work across jurisdictional boundaries and among all modes of transportation to support emergency response, law enforcement, freight movement, and the traveling public.
- Regional Bicycle & Pedestrian Study (2009)
A regional inventory of facilities, measures of bicycle and pedestrian levels of service, and latent demand analysis. The study documented and evaluated local, regional, and statewide policies, programs, and regulations that are intended to support the advancement of active transportation throughout the region.
- Northeast Corridor Mobility Study (2009)
An evaluation of the cost and ridership associated with various major transit investments along the 30-mile corridor connecting Gallatin and Nashville. The study provided a detailed analysis of Light Rail, Bus Rapid Transit, and Commuter Rail options in various alignments.
- MTA Master Plan (2009)
A set of guiding principles and policies for improving public transportation in Nashville/Davidson County on the Nashville MTA transit system.
- Southeast Corridor Transit Alternatives (2007)
An evaluation of the cost and ridership associated with various major transit investments along the 30-mile corridor connecting Murfreesboro and Nashville. The study provided a detailed analysis of Light Rail, Bus Rapid Transit, and Commuter Rail options in various alignments.
- Regional Transportation Funding (2003)
An analysis of current and potential local revenue sources for transportation projects.