News & Notes

November, 2017

November 20, 2017

Nashville transit leaders embrace driver-less cars in push to improve traffic woes  

Driverless cars might someday be the answer to less traffic and safer roadways, according to industry experts along with those that are studying the technology.

“One of the things I talk about when I talk to people about traffic and the mathematics of it, I mention there have been studies that show there are phantom traffic jams that pop up just because people are reacting to each other,” said Andy Miller, professor of Mathematics and Belmont University.

Erin Hafkenschiel, the director of Mayor Megan Barry's Office of Transportation and Sustainability said the hope and dream of autonomous vehicles is that it would make driving much safer.


November 20, 2017

Mark your calendar: Transit Tunnels: Examples from other cities and what to expect from Nashville  

The Let’s Move Nashville transit plan proposes a tunnel under 5th Avenue in Downtown Nashville to move electric buses and light rail trains efficiently and reliably through downtown.

Moving Forward and the Office of Mayor Megan Barry invite you, and all downtown stakeholders, to attend Transit Tunnels: Examples from Other Cities and What to Expect in Nashville.

The event will be on Thursday, November 30, 2017 from 2-3 p.m. in room 209 at the Music City Center 


November 20, 2017

Mayor Barry on why the skeptics are wrong about mass transit  

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry has something to say to her mass-transit critics: You're wrong.

In a speech to the Nashville chapter of the Rotary Club on Monday, Barry called out her critics for perpetuating what she called transit "myths" — the top three of which she laid out to the crowded room. 1) Transit ridership is falling, 2) Nashville doesn't have the density for light rail to work properly, and 3) Autonomous vehicles will eliminate the need for mass transit

The usefulness of mass transit is often a contentious topic, with even transportation experts going head-to-head on its value to a city.

November 15, 2017

New path will mean more walking space near Brentwood's business district 

While Brentwood City Commission's approval to rezone a city-owned greenway behind Maryland Farms for a future multiuse path is considered a win for many residents, the move is indicative of a larger vision outlined in the city's long-term plans.

The long 20-acre tract of land between the Maryland Farms office park and the Iroquois Estates and Meadowlake subdivisions, known as the Maryland Farms Greenway, is seen as an opportunity to connect nearby neighborhoods to Town Center.


November 13, 2017

Franklin Transit Authority enlarges bus route system with 100 new stops 

The Franklin Transit Authority overhauled its system, adding 100 new stops, new buses and a new service plan. 

The Franklin Transit Authority launched the new service plan on Monday after studying the issue for nearly 18 months and soliciting public input. Transit system officials said they hope to reach more riders with first-ever stops at Columbia State, downtown Franklin and residential neighborhoods such as Fieldstone Farms and Natchez Street.

FTA has transitioned away from a fixed route system to one that resembles a grid. Henry said that design came when users asked for more frequent stops. The FTA has whittled the time between pickup and drop-off of passengers from 60 to 30 minutes. FTA also added eight new drivers and four new vehicles.

November 13, 2017

Murfreesboro special census may land $2.9 million annually 

Murfreesboro officials urge residents to fill out a special census to demonstrate population growth that would generate an estimated $2.9 million annually in state-shared revenues.

"Ultimately, getting an accurate count of our residents allows us to account for the growth and pay for the growth the city is experiencing," Mayor Shane McFarland said. "By getting those funds, that's what helps us keep our tax rate low in providing the services we provide."


November 9, 2017

Taskforce launched for Nashville's proposed $5.2 billion transit plan

A taskforce has been launched to identify strategies and policies for the proposed $5.2 billion transit plan in Nashville.  Co-chaired by Mayor Megan Barry, Davidson County Clerk Brenda Wynn, and former mayor Bill Purcell, officials say the taskforce will tackle residents concerns.

November 8, 2017

Sneak peek: What Mayor Barry's proposed $145M neighborhood transit centers will look like  

Metro currently has two designations for transit centers — neighborhood transit centers, which occupy roughly one acre of land and intersect one to three routes; and local transit mini hubs, which occupy up to three acres of land and intersect three to five routes.

While neighborhood transit centers will be relatively modest, local transit mini hubs can include ride-sharing parking, bicycle storage, passenger waiting areas and off-board fare vending machines, according Amanda Clelland, spokeswoman for the Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority.


November 7, 2017

Barry picks former mayor to lead new transit task force  

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry has announced who will lead her task force designed to help prevent displacement of existing residents associated with her proposed $5.2 billion mass-transit overhaul.

Former Mayor Bill Purcell and County Clerk Brenda Wynn will co-chair the Transit and Affordability Task Force, which will hold its first meeting Nov. 8, according to a letter released by the mayor's office Monday.


November 6, 2017

Murfreesboro's proposed 2040 road plan recommends Thompson Lane overpass of Broad Street 

The Murfreesboro Planning Commission will hold a public hearing about the 2040 Major Thoroughfare Plan a during a special-called meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8th in Council Chambers on the first floor of City Hall, 111 W. Vine St.

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