• Positioning our value to Middle Tennessee
    Positioning our value to Middle Tennessee
    The Greater Nashville Regional Council (Regional Council or GNRC) is excited to announce that it is rebranding and launching a new web experience this winter! GNRC is evolving; and the new visual identity will better position the Regional Council’s transportation planning services and programs to communities across Middle Tennessee.
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  • Public Participation Plan
    Public Participation Plan
    The Public Participation Plan outlines how residents across Middle Tennessee can get involved in shaping future transportation investments.
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  • Partnership for Improved Regional Collaboration
    Partnership for Improved Regional Collaboration
    On October 1, 2017 the Greater Nashville Regional Council became the sponsor agency for the Nashville Area MPO. This marked the end to 14 months of work between the GNRC and MPO leadership to evaluate ways for Middle Tennessee to better position itself to address our contiuned growth and regional planning needs. Learn more about the process and benefits to the region.
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  • Freight and Goods Movement Study
    Freight and Goods Movement Study
    The Nashville Area MPO has recently complete the third phase of its Freight and Goods Movement Study for Middle Tennessee. Learn more about how the region's freight infrastructure impacts our economy and recommeded strategies to improve our freight transportation system.
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  • Regional Transportation Plan
    Regional Transportation Plan
    Find out how city and county leaders from around Middle Tennessee plan to invest in our transportation system over the next 25 years.
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About the MPO

The Nashville Area MPO leads in the development of the region's long-range transportation plan and short-range transportation improvement program through a partnership among the U.S. DOT, Tennessee DOT, local elected leadership, local planning and public works directors, the business community, and citizens across the Nashville region.

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News & Notes

  • February 13, 2019
  • Here's how much sitting in Nashville traffic costs you  

    Hey Nashville, you lost nearly four days sitting in traffic last year.

    That's according to a new study, which found that Nashville is the 20th most-congested city in the United States.

    Those 87 hours you spent sitting in your car last year cost you $1,221 in direct and indirect costs, according to the study by Kirkland, Washington-based Inrix, which is best known for its traffic app.

    The calculations for annual direct and indirect costs to cities break down this way: Direct costs relate to the value of fuel and time wasted, while indirect costs refer to freight and business fees from company vehicles idling in traffic, which are passed on to consumers through higher prices.

    Last year, Nashville came in at No. 27 on Inrix's annual list. Inrix modified its methodology this year, so it's not possible to compare the change in costs year-over-year.


  • January 14, 2019
  • How will planned 'Smart Corridor' help ease traffic woes on I-24?  

    The drive between Davidson and Rutherford counties using Interstate 24 can be unpredictable. 

    But the Tennessee Department of Transportation's new pilot called the I-24 Smart Corridor Project could be the solution. 

    "We can't make the road any shorter, but what we can do is make the commute time shorter in having reliability in your transportation," said Paul Degges, TDOT Chief Engineer. 

    The new Smart Corridor will be the first of its kind in Tennessee and it will use existing infrastructure to improve travel times for drivers. 

    It's part traditional construction, like more acceleration lanes, and part new technology. 

    "We're going to put 23 shoulder mounted dynamic message signs," said Degges. "Right now, the big overhead message signs are spaced out at about three miles." 

    The more frequent message signs on the interstate will provide more detailed updates to drivers of speed, lane or merge conditions ahead, while traveling information boards will guide drivers to alternate routes. 

    "It's going to allow the user in the network to make better decisions and hopefully we can actually reduce congestion and reduce secondary crashes," said Degges. 

    It'll also upgrade and adjust traffic signals of connector routes to optimize alternate route in the event of an incident on I-24. 

    Degges said the technology will also help TDOT more efficiently manage traffic, like finding the root of a slowdown. 

  • January 4, 2019
  • $28M Gallatin project to connect SR-109 to Dobbins Pike will alleviate downtown traffic 

    After more than a decade of planning and preparation, the City of Gallatin will soon launch a $28 million project to build a connector roadway between State Route 109 and Dobbins Pike. 

    The city accepted a bid for $27,440,488 by Jones Brothers Inc. of Mt. Juliet to connect the northern and eastern areas of Gallatin by extending Hatten Track Road to State Route 109.

    The project is expected to divert approximately 12 percent from Downtown Gallatin to the new road, according to a news release.

    "What's unique is our city engineers and the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) are working together on this project, allowing us to better control the design," City Engineer Nick Tuttle said in a prepared statement, adding this project is the largest locally-managed road construction project of its kind in Tennessee.


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