News & Notes

November, 2018

November 5, 2018

Spring Hill Thoroughfare update to focus on public  

The city is looking to update its major thoroughfare plan, a living document, or roadmap, to how Spring Hill will develop its roads and infrastructure through 2040.

A public town hall meeting was held earlier this week at city hall, which was well attended by Spring Hill citizens and representatives. The meeting was conducted as an “open house,” where citizens were given the opportunity to pinpoint and vote on what city roads they believed should be given highest priority.

Much of last week’s meeting was the chance for citizens to talk to developers and give their direct input. However, the project’s leaders encourage more people to reach out to Thompson by email ( or traffic engineer and transportation planning manager Dyan Damron (

“Try to keep in mind that these projects are not cheap and they are not quick,” Damron said. “They aren’t going to happen by this time next year, but they will be in place. This is so we can have a plan in moving forward.”


October, 2018

October 26, 2018

A possible 676 more residences to provide growth spurt to Mt. Juliet's core 

The middle of Mt. Juliet will experience a growth spurt that could be up to 676 more residences that represent three very different developments.

Two developments that total 344 units have been approved by the city commission. They are:

• Vintage Station North: A mixed-use plan to build 192 apartments and 28 town homes between Industrial Drive and the railroad tracks near the train station. Construction is expected to start in early 2019, with the first units targeted for completion in about 14 months and the entire build-out by the end of 2020.

• Mountain Brook: A senior living community on just under 8 acres on Old Mt. Juliet Road near Old Lebanon Dirt and North Mt. Juliet roads that will include a three-story 102-unit facility and 22 additional independent villas for ages 55 and older. Construction on Mountain Brook is targeted to start late this year or early 2019, with hopes to open in 2020.

Lynwood Station is a proposed development that plans 113 single-family homes and 219 town homes on Clemmons Road, also near the train station. The project has received a positive recommendation from the planning commission and will now seek city commission approval.

October 26, 2018

Hendersonville board approves Forest Park Development despite concerns of overcrowded schools, roads 

Residents who spoke both in favor of and against the proposed 626-home Forest Park development agree on one thing: change is coming to Hendersonville in the form of growth. What kind of growth, however, was a main topic of debate at the city's Oct. 23 board of mayor and alderman meeting.

After listening to citizens speak on both sides of the issue, the board ultimately voted in favor of the development.

October 10, 2018


The GNRC Executive Board and MPO Transportation Policy Board October 17th meetings will be held at the Clarion Hotel, Nashville Downtown-Stadium location, 211 North First Street, Nashville, TN 37213 at their regularly scheduled times.

October 9, 2018

Moving forward: Mack Hatcher extension to finally break ground in 2019 

An extension of Mack Hatcher Memorial Parkway is now scheduled to break ground in 2019, Franklin officials said.The northwestern extension project for the roadway originally would have broken ground in 2018, but issues have prevented officials to meet that deadline. City and Tennessee Department of Transportation officials said Monday afternoon that the project would go to bid in December. 


October 9, 2018

Regional Smart Mobility Assessment Announced

Last week, the Greater Nashville Regional Council announced the kick-off of its Regional Smart Mobility Assessment Study to provide community leadership, IT directors, transit agencies, planning and public works departments, traffic operations managers, and other stakeholders with a framework for how emerging technologies can improve and optimize the region’s transportation systems. Read the full release here.

October 5, 2018

Some Are Quitting Their Jobs Over A Long, Bad Commute 

More than a quarter of Nashville employees surveyed say they have quit a job over a bad commute, according to professional staffing firm Robert Half.In a recent survey in 28 major cities, with 100 respondents in each city, the average nationally was 23 percent of employees admitting to leaving a job because of a bad drive. In Nashville, the average was 4 points higher at 27 percent. And 45 percent of local employees who said their commute had gotten worse over the last five years also said their company was doing nothing to help.


September, 2018

September 27, 2018

Nashville Mayor David Briley loses top transit director

The top transit adviser for Nashville Mayor David Briley left Metro for a new job last week as turnover in the restructured mayor's office continues. Erin Hafkenschiel, director of transportation and sustainability for nearly three years, is set to start a new position outside government. She plans to remain involved in Nashville transportation issues, she said, with an announcement coming soon.


September 20, 2018

14th Transit Citizen Leadership Academy welcomes new class  

The Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee kicked off its 14th Transit Citizen Leadership Academy on Sept. 5 at Barge Design Solutions. The six-week program provides attendees with the resources they need to be leaders and actively engage in the transit conversation in Middle Tennessee. The class participants represent eight counties in the region, including Wilson County.

September 19, 2018

Federal Regulations Force Music City Star to Cut Service 

As Nashville continues to grow, more people are looking for more ways to get around. Among those options is the Music City Star -- more people are using it than ever before.  But new federal regulations mean that Music City Star will have to cut service starting next year.

The new federal requirements taking place in 2019 will keep the Music City Star from running more than 12 trips per day,  meaning the Star will have to cut its Friday night service -- the only day it exceeds that amount.

The restrictions will soon be in place because none of the Music City Star trains are equipped with Positive Train Control -- automatic train protection technology that helps prevent train vs. train collisions, and derailments caused by trains going too fast -- technology that some riders say the Music City Star should have.

The Nashville Transit Plan would have paid for Positive Train Control, but voters turned it down in May.
The Music City Star says for now it would rather spend the money it has on upgrading the tracks and train cars themselves.... to keep riders both happy and safe.

The Music City Star is also looking to adjust the schedules of the trains, possibly having them arrive to downtown earlier and leave later.


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