News & Notes

June, 2017

June 27, 2017

Nashville 2017: Planes, Trains and Automobiles to air this Thursday on WKRN

Nashville is in the midst of historic growth with dozens of new residents arriving daily, which impacts everyone as they traverse their way around Music City to work, home, and school.

News 2’s ongoing project Nashville 2017 continues this Thursday, June 29 with stories in every newscast examining current transportation options in Nashville and what we can expect in the future.

June 27, 2017

Placemaking, Economic Development Components to Nashville’s TOD Plans

As Nashville prepares to turn its vision for a $6 billion, 25-year regional transit plan into reality, public and private sector representatives are exploring how transit can address other pressing issues, including improving access to workforce housing and spurring investment in transit-oriented development (TOD) with the potential to bring new vitality to surrounding neighborhoods.

“The value comes from the places you’re making, not the transit,” said Marilee Utter, president and founder of Citiventure Associates in Denver, speaking at a ULI Nashville event. Joining her were Ben Collins, senior managing director for Crescent Communities in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Tony Kuechle, senior vice president of development for Doran Companies in Minneapolis.

They discussed TOD tools and financing, and offered examples of successful projects, all of which have a common link. “These are great people places,” Utter said of the best TOD. “They are destinations you want to go to—and, by the way, the transit gets you there.”

June 27, 2017

Mayor Barry looks at privatizing Nashville airport to generate transit funds

Mayor Megan Barry's administration is exploring privatizing the operations of the city-owned Nashville International Airport to an outside management company to generate funding for mass transit in Middle Tennessee. The mayor's office confirmed hearing a presentation in May from representatives of Oaktree Capital Management, a California-based investment firm that has also made bids to run government-owned airports in other cities. Barry's Chief Operating Officer Riebeling downplayed the meeting as "preliminary," but he did say the privatization of the Nashville International Airport is something the city is looking at to help fund a $6 billion proposed transit system in the region.

June 19, 2017

Large music venue, movie theater part of planned $1B Nashville Yards project

Under Los Angeles-based AEG's plans, Nashville Yards is expected to include more than 4 million square feet of new retail, hospitality, office, residential and entertainment uses worth more than $1 billion.

June 19, 2017

TDOT Talks Traffic Issues with public for I-65 Corridor Study

Middle Tennessee drivers in Brentwood and Spring Hill are getting an opportunity to give the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) feedback on what should be done on the I-65 corridor. On Tuesday night (June 20), the Brentwood Library located at 8109 Concord Road will play host to the second meeting. That will be followed up by a meeting on Thursday (June 22) at the Spring Hill City Hall located at 199 Town Center Parkway. All meetings will take place from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m.

June 16, 2017

TMA Group's VanStar program awarded for sustainability efforts 

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Transportation, recently announced the winners of the 2017 Tennessee Sustainable Transportation Awards. The awards recognize outstanding initiatives that improve the efficiency, accessibility, affordability and sustainability of transportation systems throughout the state.

The TMA Group’s VanStar regional commuter vanpool program was named a recipient of the Tennessee Sustainable Transportation Award, one of 11 statewide honorees. The VanStar program was honored for its sustainable environmental impact. VanStar participants choose an alternative to commuting alone in their personal vehicle to and from work. TMA provides the vehicles, the insurance, covers all maintenance and repair costs, with the monthly commute costs shared by the vanpool riders

June 15, 2017

ICYMI:  A Tennessee trio wins our first Complete Streets Consortium award 

Building a connected network of streets that is safe for everyone, no matter how they travel, takes region-wide collaboration. Our newest technical assistance award is designed to help three agencies in Tennessee do just that.

Smart Growth America and our program the National Complete Streets Coalition are proud to announce that a partnership of agencies in Chattanooga, Knoxville, and Nashville, TN is the winner of our first-ever Complete Streets Consortium technical assistance.

The Chattanooga TPO, Knoxville Regional TPO, and Nashville Area MPO applied for and won the award collaboratively, and will together receive a set of three free technical assistance workshops. Each of the winning agencies will host one of the three workshops over the next six months, which will be tailored to each region’s specific opportunities and challenges.

June 14, 2017

$3.5M project to improve traffic light timing for Bridge Over Broad, Rutherford-Northfield in Murfreesboro, TN

Murfreesboro's $3.5 million traffic signal timing projects, including a study, should reduce travel time near the Bridge Over Broad and Rutherford-Northfield Boulevard, officials say. 

The elected officials agreed to award a contract for up to $163,390 to Neel Shaffer “for professional services associated with the development of timing and operational plans for the opening of the new interchange at Broad and Memorial and its associated corridors,” states a letter to the council from city Transportation Director Jim Kerr.

The city project would be going on in conjunction with the Tennessee Department of Transportation building a $17.6 million Bridge Over Broad that's expected to be completed by December this year. The state asserts that the project will help traffic flow for an intersection that went from averaging of 58,660 vehicle trips per day in 2014 when construction began on January of that year to an estimated 72,740 by 2034, according to the TDOT website.

The council also approved a $3.4 million plan to improve the traffic signal timing on Rutherford-Northfield Boulevard for 14 intersections between Southeast Broad Street and Highland Avenue.

June 13, 2017

Conexión Américas is a finalist for ArtPlace America’s 2017 National Creative Placemaking Fund 

ArtPlace America announced that Conexión Américas is one of 70 finalists for the 2017 National Creative Placemaking Fund (NCPF).  ArtPlace selected these 70 proposals from 987 applications, making Conexión Américas’ project one of just 7% of the projects across the country to make this cut.

ArtPlace’s National Creative Placemaking Fund is a highly competitive national program, receiving 987 applications this year. Investing money in communities across the country in which artists, arts organizations, and arts and culture activity help drive community development change across 10 sectors of community planning and development: agriculture and food; economic development; education and youth; environment and energy; health; housing; immigration; public safety; transportation; or workforce development.  

Conexión Américas has proposed to work with a coalition of organization’s to implement culturally relevant artistic projects and “complete streets” designs along the Nolensville Pike corridor to improve safety and build civic pride. These artistic interventions were developed with community input during the Envision Nolensville Pike process, a year-long, arts-based community planning process, which relied on drawing, model building, storytelling and prototype building to bridge cultural divides.  



June 13, 2017

Rail-Volution 2017 Conference: Building Livable Communities with Transit, September 17-20, 2017 in Denver, CO

Rail~Volution is the nation’s preeminent livability and transit conference, attended by over 1,300 professionals who drive land use, transportation and community development decisions around the country.

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