• 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.

More about the MPO

News & Notes

  • March 13, 2019
  • TMA Group's Debbie Henry named to ACT Certification Board of Trustees 

    The Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT), as part of its effort to establish the first certification program for Transportation Demand Management professionals, has announced the appointment of the first members to the Certification Board of Trustees. 

    As the certification program’s governing body, trustees will immediately take on the task of finalizing the development of the certification program’s policies, procedures and exam.  

    The role and importance of the TDM professional has continued to expand as communities and private employers deal with increased congestion in urban cores, mobility challenges in rural and developing regions, the growth of new business districts, shifting commuter patterns, demand for convenience and the development of technologies that have created more mobility options. This certification program will lay the foundation for ensuring that highly qualified individuals are available to meet the challenge of addressing the diverse needs of commuters, communities and employers.

    Certification has long been sought by TDM professionals working to advance commuter programs and mobility services within their communities and work sites,” David Straus, executive director of ACT, said. “I am honored to welcome and introduce our trustees, who together bring decades of experience and leadership within the TDM industry, to lead this important program.”  

    One of the group named to the Board is Debbie Henry who is the executive director of The TMA Group, which manages Franklin Transit for the Franklin Transit Authority.

    The first TDM Certification Exam is expected to be held in the fall of 2019.


  • February 21, 2019
  •  Franklin Planapalooza kicks off with eager participants ready to plan Franklin's future


    The city of Franklin’s “Planapalooza” event kicked off with a successful turnout of over 60 people ready to dive into the nuts and bolts of planning Franklin’s future. 

    The group of residents, elected officials and anyone interested listened to a planning and zoning presentation delivered by Planapalooza head W. Brian Wright, founding principal of Tennessee Planning & Urban Design Collaborative, a consultant for the city. 

    Throughout this week, with various scheduled events and focus meetings, Wright’s team will compile the community’s input to help shape the city’s future zoning plan to align with Envision Franklin, the city’s land use plan approved by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen in 2017.

    Information gained from the Planapalooza series will help chart the course of future development in Franklin.


  • 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.


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