News & Notes
March 16, 2018
Opinion: Could you imagine 'No Tax For Interstates'?
March 14, 2018
Nashville MTA launches pilot program for new door-to-door service
Nashville MTA has launched pilot program “Access on Demand” that aims to give those with mobility constraints more options for their transportation.
“Access on Demand” is similar to paratransit service “Access Ride,” but takes it one step further.
It’s a door-to-door taxi service, with no additional pick-ups or stops.
It also cuts down the reservation time from 24 to two hours prior to the desired pick-up time.
Amanda Clelland, Public Information Officer for Nashville MTA, said the pilot helps close the gap for those who can’t drive and gives them more independence.
March 13, 2018
Smart Growth America presents , Intersections: Creating Culturally Complete Streets in Nashville April 3-4 featuring Janette Sadik-Khan
With decades of experience in transportation issues within the private and public sectors, Janette Sadik-Khan is undoubtedly an expert. But after six years spearheading some of the most pioneering approaches to people-first street design while leading the transportation department in America’s most populous city, today she’s also a bit of a legend. She’ll be sharing her insights with participants at our conference
March 13, 2018
Frist donation to expand Nashville's greenways system
March 8, 2018
La Vergne population nearing 35,000, special census shows
Results from a recent special census should net the city of La Vergne more than $230,000 in additional federal funding, according to a news release.
Final results recorded the total number of residents is 34,423, a 6 percent increase over the last federal census in 2010.
The new total resident count should bring in approximately $233,045 more in annual state shared revenue.
March 1, 2018
Why Nashville's airport CEO is committed to mass transit – no matter what voters decide in May
February 28, 2018
As "affordable" housing moves out, transportation erodes affordability
More than half of the Tennessee communities where housing is currently considered affordable are actually unaffordable when transportation costs are factored in, according to new research from the Tennessee Housing Development Agency (THDA). “Seven out of every 10 census tracts are considered affordable when you look at housing costs alone, but only about two out of every 10 census tracts would be considered affordable when transportation cost are included as well,” said Muhammad Yadudu, research advisor and author of THDA’s Transportation as a Key to Housing Affordability Issue Brief. The effect is especially pronounced in rural areas of Tennessee and among low- to moderate-income households, according to the report.
February 22, 2018
City leaders working to devise regional transit that works for commuters
The wheels are turning on transit plans across Middle Tennessee. Now that Nashville’s "Let's Move" transit plan is on the ballot in May, leaders from Metro's surrounding counties are wondering how their residents fit into the proposal. A study by the Regional Transit Authority is currently underway looking at how Montgomery County and other counties can hook into the proposed transit plan in Nashville. It considers options like a dedicated bus lane on I-24 and using existing railroad tracks for a commuter train from Clarksville to Nashville.
February 15, 2018
City of Spring Hill Approved for I-65 Interchange at Buckner Road Extension
Spring Hill is now on track to eventually see a new Interstate 65 interchange constructed at a proposed extension of Buckner Road to provide much needed access on the Williamson County end of town.
In a letter to the Tennessee Department of Transportation, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has given conceptual approval to TDOT’s request for I-65 interchange access at the proposed Buckner Road Extension on behalf of the City of Spring Hill. To create this important gateway, the City plans to extend Buckner Road nearly a mile east to I-65. Currently, Saturn Parkway (S.R. 396) is the only I-65 interchange leading into Spring Hill.
This significant approval means the City has eight years to begin construction on the interchange, and allows the project to proceed to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) phase, an environmental analysis of the project; subsequently, the project also will move into the design phase. The initial estimated cost for the overall project is roughly $28 million.
February 1, 2018
Nissan launches partnership with local carpooling startup