News & Notes

February, 2017

February 24, 2017

You're wasting this much money sitting in Nashville traffic

Nashville is the 23rd most-congested city in the United States, with drivers spending 34 hours stuck in traffic annually, according to a new study. Those 34 hours also translate into a cost in lost time to drivers of $1,308 apiece, and costs the city an estimated $517 million a year in direct and indirect costs associated with those delays, according to the study by Kirland, Washington-based Inrix. Inrix is best known for its traffic mobile app.

February 24, 2017

ICYMI: Disappointing delay for #IMPROVEAct in house subcommittee. Looking forward to leadership from #TNLeg on transpo funding next week.


House adjourns subcommittee meeting on Gas Tax plans after five minutes of discussion, before any votes could take place. The MPO looks forward to strong leadership and swift action in the House regarding this important transportation legislation.  

February 23, 2017

Haslam talks road needs, urgency in Sumner Co.

Sumner County residents approached Gov. Bill Haslam and TDOT Commissioner John Schroer Wednesday with questions, concern and support on the proposed IMPROVE Act. The bill, which was pushed back a week Wednesday by a House subcommittee, proposes paying for roads and other transportation-related projects by increasing the gas tax by 7 cents per gallon and the diesel tax by 12 cents per gallon, while raising the vehicle registration fee by $5.

February 23, 2017

Haslam expands transit referendum proposal with new tax options

Gov. Bill Haslam has significantly expanded his proposal for local governments to acquire the power to hold referendums on transit funding by opening up a range of additional tax options that cities could bring before voters.  As part of his IMPROVE Act, Haslam had originally limited his local option proposal to an increase on local sales tax rates for cities and counties to pay for future transit projects.

February 23, 2017

New traffic study ranks Nashville’s traffic among worst 25 in country

A new study done by INRIX shows that Nashville’s growth is obviously challenging the city’s infrastructure when it comes to traffic. The study shows Nashville drivers spend more than 33 hours sitting in traffic. That’s good enough, or bad enough, for the 23rd most in the country.

February 2, 2017

House leaders push alternative to Haslam's gas tax plan

Tennessee's transportation needs can be paid for by using a portion of the existing revenue generated through the sales tax instead of increasing the gas tax, according to an alternative funding proposal outlined Wednesday by a leading House Republican. The specifics of the proposal are relatively simple compared to Gov. Bill Haslam's plan: The alternative plan would take a quarter of 1 percent of the state's 7 percent sales tax and allocate those funds to the Tennessee Department of Transportation. Rep. David Hawk, an assistant leader in the House, has been working on the plan since he entered leadership in November. The plan, which would raise $291 million a year, would utilize existing funds the state receives without raising taxes.

February 2, 2017

Public encouraged to attend proposed MTA and RTA spring system change meetings  

Three public meetings regarding proposed improvements and adjustments for the Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) and Regional Transportation Authority of Middle Tennessee (RTA) biannual system changes will be held on February 7, 8 and 9.


Adjustments are being proposed for MTA routes 19 Herman, 26 Gallatin Pike and 56 Gallatin Pike BRT lite. A new route, 77 Thompson Connector, is being proposed between the 100 Oaks area and Murfreesboro Pike. Also, time adjustments are being considered for routes 22 Bordeaux, 42 St. Cecilia/Cumberland and 76 Madison Connector. For the RTA, a new stop at Bicentennial Mall in the afternoon will be proposed for routes 88X Dickson Express and 95X Spring Hill Express.


Listed below are the locations and times for the public meetings and the bus routes that serve the meeting location.

 Music City Central            Tuesday, Feb. 7th from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
(Community Meeting Room)
400 Charlotte Ave
All bus routes except 21, 72, 76)

Music City Central             Wednesday, Feb. 8th from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
(Community Meeting Room)
400 Charlotte Ave
All bus routes except 21, 72, 76)

Kroger Training Center          Thursday, Feb. 9th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
(Conference Room)
Willowbrook Commons
55 E. Thompson Lane, Suite 100

For the Feb. 9 meeting, free shuttles will operate from the outbound BRT lite stations on Nolensville Pike at Thompson Lane and at Murfreesboro Pike and Thompson Lane. These continuous shuttles will begin operating at 4:30 p.m. and run approximately every 20 minutes until the meeting begins and will depart from Kroger to these same BRT lite stops at the conclusion of the meeting.


More details regarding the proposed changes will be available later online at and also will be available at the public meetings.


The public is encouraged to attend any of the three scheduled meetings.  If unable to attend, comments may be submitted to the MTA Planning Department, Attn:  Public Meeting Comments, 430 Myatt Drive, Nashville, TN  37115; fax comments to (615) 862-6208; call Customer Care at (615) 862-5950; or email comments to through February 13, 2017.  Attendance at the meetings is not required in order to comment.



January, 2017

January 27, 2017

Public meeting will show possibilities for Columbia Avenue

Roundabouts and the addition of a dividing median are likely hallmarks of Franklin’s much-awaited widening of Columbia Avenue.  The project is still in its early stages, with completion not expected until 2023, but details have emerged about what the major thoroughfare might look like after widening is complete.  Community members will have a chance to comment on three new concepts presented at a second public meeting at City Hall Tuesday night.

January 20, 2017

Booming population causes traffic nightmares across Middle Tennessee

As the population booms, congestion on Middle Tennessee’s roads is causing traffic nightmares across the region.  With 30,000 new people calling this region home each year, growing pains have spilled into the streets–literally.  Nashville traffic has been described as unbelievable, but a change is coming.

January 18, 2017

Details begin to emerge on Haslam's gas tax plan 

Gov. Bill Haslam's gas tax plan is expected to include a 7-cent per gallon increase on gasoline and a hike in the fee Tennesseans pay to renew their license plate registration, three sources familiar with the governor's proposal told The Tennessean on Tuesday.  Haslam's effort to raise the gas tax comes as the state faces a $6 billion road project backlog, a point the governor has made for several months.

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