News & Notes
October 13, 2017
3 things to expect from Williamson Inc.'s Transportation Summit
Considered the "annual checkup" on the progress of mobility solutions in Williamson County, the third annual Transportation Summit will be held on Wednesday, October 18th.
Three things to watch for are: 1) Small things add up, 2) Denver is Nashville in 20 years, and 3) Bus Lines of the future
The keynote speaker will be Troy Russ (Urban Design & Transportation Practice Builder).
It will be from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm at the Marriott Cool Springs, 700 Cool Springs Blvd, Franklin. Cost: business partners - $40/person and guests - $60/person
October 12, 2017
Growth picks up in Middle Tennessee, but drivers slow down, chamber report says
As the pace of growth picks up in Middle Tennessee, its commuters are actually slowing down.
Illustrating the impact of road congestion in the seven-county region, midday traffic has slowed by 30 percent in the past seven years and now moves more slowly than rush-hour times, according to the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce's annual Vital Signs report.
Between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., drivers traveled at 46 mph on average in 2010, and in 2017 they drove at 32 mph. Morning commuters drove 11 percent slower in the same time period, and afternoon and evening commuters saw average speeds drop by 15 percent to 38 mph, according to the report.
"When we think of traffic or congestion, we tend to think about it as rush hour," Mark Hamilton, chair of the Vital Signs initiative, said Wednesday at a regional Mayor's Caucus. "We can't get away from it; it's all the time. Traffic congestion is becoming an all-day occurrence in our region."
October 12, 2017
I-24 Named One of Nation's Worst Traffic Hotspots
A transportation analytics company has named I-24 west between Smyrna and Briley Parkway one of the worst traffic hot spots in the country.
The company, INRIX, identified and ranked 108,000 traffic hotspots in the nation's 25 most congested cities. Cities like New York, Los Angeles, and Washington DC topped the list, with the I-24 corridor between Rutherford and Davidson counties coming in at number 17.
October 6, 2017
New Projections show Tennessee population will see big changes by 2040
The University of Tennessee's Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research says Tennessee will have a population of 7.84 million by 2040.
The new projections show the state is expected to grow by 50,000 per year and metro areas will see continued growth while rural counties will see decreases in population.
During the 2000s, Davidson, Rutherford, Williamson, Wilson, and Sumner counties accounted for 38% of all net migration in the state. Now, those same counties have accounted for 62% of all net migration during the current decade according to the study.
October 4, 2017
Want Metro Incentives? Be Prepared to use Transit
A newly proposed Metro ordinance directly ties one factor in the region's boom — incentives — to Nashville's biggest growing pain — mobility.
Proposed by Metro Councilwoman Burkley Allen, the ordinance would require companies receiving Metro incentives to contact the Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority to potentially participate in the MTA's vanpool commuter program, called EasyRide, in addition to mandating an annual written report about the company's participation rate for full-time equivalent employees in the vanpool program.
If companies do not comply with the ordinance's requirements, they risk losing their incentives. However, the ordinance requires only that a company reach out MTA to learn about the program; participation in the commuter program would not be mandated.
October 3, 2017
Spring Hill to conduct 'everybody counts' special census
The City of Spring Hill is conducting a special ‘everyone counts’ census to verify the latest population counts in the city. According to a recent release, the city is urging residents to participate in the survey because it is "imperative" that the population be recorded accurately for revenue shares. The latest population, recorded in 2015, was certified at 36,530 and si now estimated to be over 40,000.
September 28, 2017
Entire State of Tennessee now complies with federal air quality standards
The entire State of Tennessee is now officially in compliance with federal air quality standards for particulate pollution. On August 29, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized the designation of Anderson, Knox, Blount, Loudon, and Roane counties as meeting attainment.
September 26, 2017
Burgess: Time for Rutherford to consider transit plans
As Davidson County residents campaign to properly fund their transit system, Rutherford County residents need to consider our own transportation issues and options and how they should intersect. According to the Metropolitan Planning Organization, more than a third of our employed residents commute to jobs outside the county.
September 25, 2017
More big names join coalition backing Barry's upcoming transit referendum
More than 50 organizations— including Nashville's largest health care company — have now signed on to back Mayor Megan Barry's soon-to-be-released mass-transit funding referendum.
When Transit for Nashville coalition launched two weeks ago, the group consisted of 37 organizations, with a combination of nonprofits, faith-based organizations and business groups.
Mass transit has become the most dominant issue in Nashville, with business leaders concerned the region's growing mobility problems could hurt the city’s ability to maintain and build upon the recent economic boom.
September 25, 2017
The stakes in Nashville's transit future: getting left behind
The debate over the future of transit in Nashville reflects the difficult choices Music City faces in growing its rising prosperity and reducing its equally increasing inequality.
There is no question that Nashville must find alternative, reliable ways to move residents and visitors around the Middle Tennessee region and ensure them access to jobs, housing options, services, entertainment and recreation.
Congestion is increasingly growing, commute times are getting longer, and roadways are at or beyond capacity. The region’s 1.8-million population is growing by 100 people a day, with projections of 1 million more living here within the next 20 years, according to Nashville Metropolitan Planning Organization projections.