• 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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  • 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 20, 2018
  • 14th Transit Citizen Leadership Academy welcomes new class  

    The Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee kicked off its 14th Transit Citizen Leadership Academy on Sept. 5 at Barge Design Solutions. 

    The six-week program provides attendees with the resources they need to be leaders and actively engage in the transit conversation in Middle Tennessee. The class participants represent eight counties in the region, including Wilson County.

  • September 19, 2018
  • Federal Regulations Force Music City Star to Cut Service 

    As Nashville continues to grow, more people are looking for more ways to get around. Among those options is the Music City Star -- more people are using it than ever before.  But new federal regulations mean that Music City Star will have to cut service starting next year.

    The new federal requirements taking place in 2019 will keep the Music City Star from running more than 12 trips per day,  meaning the Star will have to cut its Friday night service -- the only day it exceeds that amount.

    The restrictions will soon be in place because none of the Music City Star trains are equipped with Positive Train Control -- automatic train protection technology that helps prevent train vs. train collisions, and derailments caused by trains going too fast -- technology that some riders say the Music City Star should have.

    The Nashville Transit Plan would have paid for Positive Train Control, but voters turned it down in May.
    The Music City Star says for now it would rather spend the money it has on upgrading the tracks and train cars themselves.... to keep riders both happy and safe.

    The Music City Star is also looking to adjust the schedules of the trains, possibly having them arrive to downtown earlier and leave later.


  • September 14, 2018
  • Nashville can learn some growth lessons from Atlanta — yes, Atlanta

    For many, a mention of Atlanta conjures long commutes, snarled traffic and suburban sprawl.

    But an innovative transit redevelopment project around the city's downtown could provide some lessons for planners and government officials in the Nashville region, which is grappling with its own growth.

    On Thursday, the brainchild behind the Atlanta Beltline outlined the $4 billion infrastructure undertaking during The Power of Ten, a one-day summit for leaders from the 10 counties that comprise the broader Nashville region. The summit is produced by Cumberland Region Tomorrow, a nonprofit that encourages better growth planning.

    "The whole focus of the day was not how to just accommodate growth, but to plan better how we grow," said Carol Hudler, CEO of the planning organization.

    The Beltline is a 22-mile loop of bike and pedestrian trails, a modern streetcar system and parks. It's all based on former railroad corridors that encircle Atlanta.

    Built to connect 45 neighborhoods, the transit-oriented redevelopment project includes hundreds of affordable workforce homes, free fitness classes, an arboretum, an urban farm and a large public art installation.


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