The region’s 30-mile Northeast Corridor is generally defined along US 31 (Gallatin Road, Nashville Pike), Interstate 65, SR 386 (Vietnam Veterans Blvd) and encompasses the areas of East Nashville, Madison, Goodlettsville, Hendersonville, and Gallatin.


The corridor ranges from relatively mature development in the southwest to new development in the northeast. East Nashville is undergoing revitalization of its commercial areas and residential neighborhoods while maintaining a traditional, compact urban development pattern. Gallatin Pike is an important transportation corridor in the East Nashville and Madison communities and future land use plans call for concentrating development in nodal community centers with a pedestrian-oriented character. The cities of Hendersonville and Gallatin are experiencing faster population growth and development with new upscale residential and commercial development occurring in less concentrated suburban development patterns.

The corridor is served by a variety transportation services, highlighted by major north-south roadway facilities. Traffic volumes on those and other major facilities have increased significantly over the past decade, resulting in higher levels of congestion. A variety of transit services also are available within the corridor including fixed route bus service, express service and park and ride lots.

  • Four north-south roadway facilities run in parallel in the northeast Nashville area, each with different transportation characteristics: Interstate 65, Vietnam Veteran’s Blvd (SR 386), Gallatin Road/ Nashville Pike (US 31E), Dickerson Pike (SR 11), and Ellington Parkway.
  • Average traffic volumes have increased by 6 percent on the roadways in the study area between 2000 and 2006.
    • I-65 = 4% increase
    • Vietnam Veteran’s Parkway = 14% increase
    • Ellington Parkway = 16% increase
    • Gallatin Pike = 4% decrease
    • Dickerson Pike = 3% decrease
  • An HOV lane is currently in use on I-65 between Briley Parkway and the I-65/Vietnam Veteran’s Blvd. interchange.
  • CSX owns and operates a mainline railroad which travels through downtown Nashville, Madison, Hendersonville, and Gallatin.
  • In 2005, there were about 96 trains per day using two existing tracks between downtown Nashville and Madison. Between Madison and Gallatin there were about 32 trains per day using one existing track.
  • The Nashville MTA currently provides bus service (Route 26) between downtown Nashville and Rivergate Mall. In 2004 it carried 10% of all fixed route customers in the MTA’s network and was the route with the overall highest ridership. 2007 data indicates substantially increased ridership.
  • Bus service also is provided via Route 35x which extends from downtown Nashville to Hendersonville with service provided in the morning and evening rush hours.
  • According to a 2006 survey, 54% of the MTA transit riders had no working vehicle and 74% had incomes less than $15,000 per year indicating a heavily transit dependent customer base.
  • Currently, no fixed route bus service extends from Davidson County to the City of Gallatin.
  • Five park and ride lots are provided in the study area for bus transfers and car and van pools. These lots are located at the Madison Kmart, Madison Square, Hendersonville RTA, New Shackle Island (Hendersonville), and Rivergate Mall. In total, over 250 parking spaces are available.

The urban design characteristics of the corridor represent a continuum of development patterns representative of time periods as the region has expanded over the last 50 years. Each community has small commercial nodes that formed their original town centers. Connecting these nodes are various scales of strip commercial. The scale of these strip commercial areas is smaller within the segment between Nashville’s central business district and Madison.

With the exception of large grocery store developments, the size of these developments is typically under an acre with less than 100ft of street frontage. Larger strip commercial developments are more characteristic of the segments around the Rivergate Mall. These developments commonly include 3 or more acres with street frontage exceeding 150ft. Indian Lake Village in Hendersonville, a large office, residential, and retail center currently under construction, has begun to introduce a large-scale multi-use development pattern to the north Hendersonville portion of the corridor.