• 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

  • December 10, 2018
  • Traffic, transit at core of debate over proposed West End tower 

    Downtown Nashville's expansion is delivering more dense development than ever before to neighborhoods outside the urban core and fueling contention among residents tired of sitting in traffic and staring at glassy towers. 

    On the edge of Midtown, four neighborhood groups have banded together against a proposal for what would be one of the largest buildings in West End. 

    Brentwood-based GBT Realty wants to erect a 378,700-square-foot tower with a 175-room hotel, shops, and either offices or residences. The building would sit on a 1.5-acre lot bound by Murphy Road, West End Avenue and Interstate 440. 

    The proposed 207-foot-tall tower is nearly double the size allowed by existing zoning regulations and would dwarf several nearby high-rises. 

    The bid shocked neighbors in West End, Hillsboro, Sylvan Park and Richland, who say that it's one large step closer to traffic gridlock. 

  • December 7, 2018
  • Alexander: $25 Million Federal Grant Will Help Fix Middle Tennessee’s Traffic Jams


    United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said a $25 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to the city of Spring Hill will help reduce traffic congestion in Middle Tennessee.

    “It’s not a secret, traffic congestion in and around the Nashville area is a headache-- right now, if you take I-65 from Spring Hill to Nashville, you’re probably late to work because you’re sitting in at least an hour of traffic. This $25 million federal grant will create a new avenue for Middle Tennesseans to get to work more quickly,” Alexander said. “This was a highly competitive grant and Spring Hill will receive $25 million, which is the most any applicant can receive. This award is a great compliment to our state and its leadership.”

    The city of Spring Hill will receive a $25 million federal grant to construct a new interchange between I-65 and I-840 and an extension of Buckner Road from Bunker Lane to Lewisburg Pike to connect the new interchange. The federal grant is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) program, which awards competitive grants to communities in Tennessee and across the country to fund significant transportation projects, including highways and bridges, public transportation systems, passenger and freight railroads and port infrastructure.

    The BUILD grant program is funded by the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations subcommittee, of which Alexander is a member. In Fiscal Year 2018, the BUILD grant was federally funded at $1.5 billion.


  • November 21, 2018
  • Is telecommuting the solution to heavy Nashville traffic? 

    Tired of Nashville traffic? Yes, that's a rhetorical question. However, this next one isn't. Have you asked your boss if you can work from home?  

    If you are the head of the company, have you considered letting workers telecommute?

    Nashville city leaders say the city is going to need more businesses to open up to the idea as part of a bigger plan to manage the growing traffic problem.

    With tunnels, light rail and AMP all failing, experts say telecommuting equals winning and Gild agrees.

    “In 2018, employers need to be able to provide that benefit,” Gild said.

    The top fields offering remote work are medical and health, customer service, IT, accounting, education and administration and the work ranges from entry level to executive positions. Some studies show companies save about $11, 000 dollars per telecommuter in office expenses and operational costs.

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