• 2016 Annual Partnership Luncheon
    2016 Annual Partnership Luncheon
    Middle Tennessee mayors, legislators, and community leaders celebrated the end of the year on Dec 14 and honored individuals from across their region significant contribution to Middle Tennessee's transportation initiatives over the past year. Learn more about this year's leadership award recipients and successes.
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  • Have Questions?
    Have Questions?
    Transportation in Middle Tennessee is a hot topic, and there are a lot of questions about how transportation plans are developed and projects implemented. Learn more about the planning process and find answers to frequently asked questions.
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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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  • Our environment is the single most important factor in determining our health.
    Our environment is the single most important factor in determining our health.
    Learn more about the way our communities are designed and the relationship between our transportation systems and health.
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  • Why Managed Lanes?
    Why Managed Lanes?
    Across the U.S., transportation agencies face both growing congestion and a limited ability to expand freeway capacity. These limitations have led to innovative solutions to improve transportation networks, including managed lanes as a smart alternative to increasing capacity. When properly implemented, managed lanes allow agencies to improve safety and make the most effective and efficient use of existing freeway.
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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

  • September 22, 2017
  • Why RTA might hit the brakes on the Mt. Juliet Music City Star service 

    Transit officials are preparing to potentially hit the brakes on Mt. Juliet after the city has neglected to pay for its portion of the region's only commuter rail, the Music City Star.

    As Middle Tennessee grapples with how to pay for a $6 billion mass-transit overhaul, officials with the Regional Transit Authority, who oversees the Star, will meet with city leaders from Mt. Juliet to discuss why the city has not paid its budgeted $30,000 for the Star's annual operating fees since 2014.




  • September 14, 2017
  • ICYMI:  The nation's commuters are ditching public transit, and here's why  

    Nashville Mayor Megan Barry faces a tough road ahead as she aims to sell her $6 billion mass-transit plan to the city’s voters.  Everyone’s favorite thing to hate these days are the increasing traffic jams, and yet nationally, commuters are sticking with their cars more and more.

    The cause? Keith Millhouse, a transportation expert based in Southern California, said the nation’s transit slump can be pegged to the sector’s symbiotic relationship to gas prices, although other factors also are at play. A growing economy has put money in pockets, and that empowers more consumers to buy cars. And then there is the factor of time, not to mention the rapid rise in popularity of competitively priced ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft, he said.


  • September 14, 2017
  • NashBizJrl Editorial: Mass transit doesn't equal 'less gridlock'  

    I’m for transit.  It’s good for business, easing the movement of employees around the region. It’s good for economic development, helping lure newcomers to town. It’s good for the environment, and it’s good for quality of life.

    It will not fix our traffic jam.

    Mayor Megan Barry launched her campaign last weekend to get Nashville voters to pay for transit with a petition drive in Germantown. She’s aiming for a referendum in May 2018, asking voters to increase taxes to help cover the potential $6 billion cost for her regional mass-transit plan. The campaign launched with a pro-transit coalition of 37 organizations called Transit for Nashville, including business powerhouses like the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and several industry associations. The slogan for the group is this: “Less gridlock. More time for what matters.”

    That sounds great, but here’s the problem: Transportation experts across the country, including Nashville’s very own, will tell you that mass transit does not remedy traffic congestion.

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