News & Notes

March, 2017

March 28, 2017

Nashvillians back higher tax for transit by 2-to-1 margin, poll finds

Two-thirds of Nashvillians say they would be willing to pay more in sales tax to support improving public transit if given a vote in a public referendum, a new poll shows.  Those numbers, outlined in a new Vanderbilt University poll released Sunday, could help boost the cause of Middle Tennessee transit advocates — including Mayor Megan Barry — who are seeking action from the state legislature to allow local governments to hold referendums on funding transit projects.

March 28, 2017

Brentwood votes to study traffic signals

Brentwood City Commission voted Monday to authorize an agreement with Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc., for a traffic signal optimization study that will focus on four of the city’s major roadways: Concord Road (SR-253), Moores Lane (SR-441), Wilson Pike (SR-252) and Murray Lane.

The firm will analyze more than 30 of the city’s traffic signals at intersections along those corridors.

The work is being funded through a $216,000 federal grant through the Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

March 27, 2017

How voting 'yes' to transportation funding today will boost Middle Tennessee down the road

Improved mobility means better recruiting opportunities. It really is that simple.

Middle Tennessee's desire to improve the region's transportation infrastructure — be it road improvements or mass-transit solutions — is based in large part off continuing the economic prosperity the region has enjoyed for the past few years.

The challenge — convincing legislators and citizens alike understand that investing so heavily in the future will be worth it, particularly when the tangible results may take years to see.

March 23, 2017

Concerns from business groups help lead to tweaks regarding local options in Haslam's transportation plan, the IMPROVE Act

An amendment adding new guidelines to the local option portion of Gov. Bill Haslam's transportation bill was approved Tuesday in the Senate, after a coalition of business trade groups privately raised concerns over the expansiveness of the bill.  The local option portion of the bill — which would allow local governments to hold public referendums to raise dedicated mass-transit revenue — happens to be the key to Middle Tennessee's hopes of paying its part of the region's $6 billion mass-transit overhaul, a plan known as nMotion.

March 14, 2017

Due to President Trump's visit to Nashville, the Nashville Area MPO's March 15th Executive Board meeting has been changed to March 22nd at 9:00 a.m. in the Music City Central meeting room, 400 Charlotte Ave. For more information on this meeting click here

March 13, 2017

Report: Tennessee's overall road quality hasn't improved in eight years 

As Tennessee lawmakers debate how to fund a $10 billion backlog in road projects, a new report has concluded that the state's roads have not improved in overall quality in eight years. The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) gave Tennessee's roads a grade of C.  Although current conditions are good, the report suggests the future of state roads is suspect as unprecedented growth around the state has placed a greater strain on them.



March 13, 2017

Senate committee advances negotiated, amended gas tax plan

Gov. Bill Haslam's gas tax proposal saw major action on Monday, when the Senate Transportation Committee approved the measure which was significantly altered in recent days after discussions between leadership and the governor.  The transportation committee approved an amended version of the governor's bill keeps in place a gas tax increase, albeit a smaller one than Haslam has proposed. The amended version further reduces the state's tax on groceries, eliminates a proposed fee on rental cars and cuts a controversial aspect related to indexing.

March 10, 2017

Well-known developer, entrepreneur partner to fight Nashville traffic

Developer H.G. Hill Realty Co. is paying up so employees of tenants at Hill Center Belle Meade can play their part in helping control Nashville's growing congestion problem.  The six-month pilot program, which just launched, offers incentives for employees who use any of three alternative transportation methods, such as taking Metro buses, using bicycle-sharing company B-cycle or carpooling through Nashville-based Hytch LLC, a new startup from local entrepreneur Mark Cleveland.

March 10, 2017

New traffic light system improves travel in Mt. Juliet, TN

City officials say new traffic light technology on eight signals along Mt. Juliet Road has yielded significant improvements in recent weeks.  The new system, designed to optimize green light time, went live Jan. 31, on lights from Graves Crossing to Pleasant Grove Road, which comprises Mt. Juliet’s major retail corridor from Providence Marketplace to The Paddocks at Mt. Juliet.

March 10, 2017

In Franklin, road projects loom, opinions divided

After years of delays, several key road projects are on the horizon in Williamson County, but even as officials say they are closer than ever to construction, many are still divided on how and when the projects should be completed

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