News & Notes
August 18, 2017
MPO Program to be staffed by the Greater Nashville Regional Council
After being hosted by Metro Planning Commission of Nashville-Davidson County for nearly 50 years, the MPO program will be staffed by Greater Nashville Regional Council as of October 1, 2017. This move comes after a year of study by mayors across the region that included a look at national best practices for improving regional coordination. Motivated by the challenges of rapid growth and development across Middle Tennessee, the mayors and county executives who sit on the boards of the two organizations have decided that there has not been a better time to streamline regional planning and policy-making. In doing so, regional transportation planning efforts will be integrated into the Council which has long history of supporting economic and community development initiatives and coordinating area planning efforts for infrastructure investment. These links provide more information about how this affects the MPO’s organization and public participation process.
August 17, 2017
5 new goals the Nashville chamber covets for transit in Middle Tennessee
As Nashville approaches a momentous year for transit — with Mayor Megan Barry eyeing a referendum in 2018 on dedicated funding — the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce has unveiled its next round of goals aimed at finding transit solutions.
Moving Forward, a citizen-led arm of the chamber focused on transit efforts, on Wednesday released its latest 2017 transit report.
It includes recommendations ranging from the completion of a new mobility plan for downtown Nashville — the group says they're "disappointed" with its status — to Metro undertaking a pilot program for self-driving, autonomous vehicles.
August 16, 2017
Mt. Juliet approves 134 homes at Central Pike with road improvements included
A plan to build 134 single-family homes on Central Pike east of South Mt. Juliet Road that includes road upgrades, has been approved by Mt. Juliet commissioners.
Commissioners voted Monday to rezone, annex and approve a preliminary plan proposed on land known as the Griffin property, described as 46 mostly wooded acres between the Hamilton Hill development and the Wynfield or Cowden development.
The development requires a third lane on Central Pike the length of the property. Road widening will begin as part of the initial infrastructure work next year and is expected to be finished by completion of the first homes, Wyman said.
The third lane will ultimately tie into the new turn lane going in at the corner of Central Pike and South Mt. Juliet Road, which City Commissioner Brian Abston has said essentially creates a three-lane road from the development to the intersection.
August 14, 2017
As Traffic Worsens, Vanpooling Group Adds 20 Vans To Its Fleet
While cities across the Mid-State have been working out how to pay for the new wave of mass transit, there's already something rolling on the roads. It's called "vanpooling" where up to nine people carpool and drive together. "We look for people that live in the same communities and work in the same area with matching schedules," Harper explained how the vanpool matching software works.
August 11, 2017
Exclusive: Metro report details where mass transit will be a challenge
Narrow streets. Railroad bridges. Right-of-way fights. These are just three of the hurdles city officials will have to clear to bring light rail to Music City.
A newly released report conducted by the Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority and given first to the Nashville Business Journal examines the opportunities and potential setbacks for mass transit on each of Davidson County's five high-capacity corridors: Gallatin Pike, Charlotte Pike, Nolensville Pike, Murfreesboro Pike and Dickerson Pike.
August 11, 2017
Duplex Road project bids scheduled to go out next week
The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) is scheduled to begin
soliciting bids Aug. 18 for construction of the widening of the full 3.1-mile stretch of Duplex Road (S.R. 247) from Main Street (U.S.31) to Interstate 65 in Spring Hill.
The bid letting process allows companies to bid on the project’s construction phase, for which TDOT has budgeted $17.3 million. The City of Spring Hill has invested nearly $10 million into engineering, design, right-of- way acquisition, and for the cost of utility relocations along the state roadway. TDOT is managing the utility relocations, and will fund and manage the remaining construction phase of the project. The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) is scheduled to begin soliciting bids Aug. 18 for construction of the widening of the full 3.1-mile stretch of Duplex Road (S.R. 247) from Main Street (U.S.31) to Interstate 65 in Spring Hill.
The bid letting process allows companies to bid on the project’s construction phase, for which TDOT has budgeted $17.3 million. The City of Spring Hill has invested nearly $10 million into engineering, design, right-of- way acquisition, and for the cost of utility relocations along the state roadway. TDOT is managing the utility relocations, and will fund and manage the remaining construction phase of the project.
August 10, 2017
MDHA Updates Plans for 40 New Affordable Town Homes in Bourdeaux
The Metro Development and Housing Agency laid out updated plans for 40 new town homes in Bordeaux at a community meeting Wednesday night.
Around 50 people living in Bordeaux gathered at the Bordeaux Branch of the Nashville Public Library to learn more about MDHA’s proposed two and three-bedroom town homes.
Metro Councilman Nick Leonardo says this type of development is much needed in Bordeaux.
August 9, 2017
Nashville Plans to Tackle Affordable Housing shortage in Growing Neighborhoods
Through the sound of construction in East Nashville came the sound of despair on Tuesday, as neighbors are fed up with the lack of affordable options.
The Mayor's Office of Housing is tasked with giving people like Rice options.
" We need housing for everyone in Nashville," said Adriane Harris, office director. "We need it for bus drivers, teachers. We need it for metro employees. We need it for young professionals. There are 22 universities and colleges in the middle Tennessee area, and there's no reason young professionals shouldn't be able to stay here."
July 31, 2017
Franklin looks ahead to February for bidding on Mack Hatcher
The city of Franklin is working with the Tennessee Department of Transportation to get the northwest quadrant of Mack Hatcher Memorial Parkway bid by next February, according to city officials at the Williamson Inc. monthly Public Affairs Roundtable meeting. Mack Hatcher Memorial Pkwy is set to be extended from Hillsboro Road to Hwy. 96 West in the near future, but according to Holzen, it’s still a while out, with the city and TDOT still finalizing details and bidding set for February 2018.
July 31, 2017
Sumner nMotion: What's next for regional transit plan
As Middle Tennessee plans to develop a comprehensive regional transit plan, residents and leaders should take an active role in how the plan will impact their communities in the future, Gallatin's former mayor said. "No one is going to tell you if you have to do it or when you have to do it," said Jo Anne Graves, former Gallatin mayor and executive director of TAMT. "It’s left up to the people. It’s your decision and your choice." The stretch of Highway 31E from Gallatin to the outer end of Gallatin Pike has been identified as a corridor for rapid bus service without dedicated bus lanes. nMotion also suggests Freeway BRT — service on interstates that operate within dedicated or managed lanes in freeway rights of ways — for White House, Gallatin and Springfield along Ellington Parkway, also part of 31E.