The Nashville Area MPO recognizes the significance of the region’s Northeast Corridor in providing options to serve existing and future transportation needs within the context of the greater Nashville area. In improving connectivity for jurisdictions within the corridor, there is a growing realization that just adding new roadway lanes to increase system capacity will not do enough to keep up with the growing demand. A need exists for alternative solutions. To that end, the study is focused on finding answers to the following critical questions:

  • What is the vision of residents, employees, and business owners for future growth, and how does that vision fit within the context of the entire corridor?
  • How can outcomes from future growth “scenarios” inform today’s decisions on where future land development should go in the corridor?
  • What mix of transportation investments will most effectively meet the demand resulting from a preferred growth scenario?
  • What is the most appropriate mix of future land uses in the study area that encourage (and maximize the use of) increased transportation options like bus rapid transit or passenger rail?
  • What are the potential benefits and costs of new solutions to local, state, and federal governmental entities, private businesses, and the everyday user
  • What are the economic opportunities provided by the integration of real estate development with various transportation-related initiatives such as joint development, transit-oriented development (TOD), transit-adjacent development (TAD)?

The study will provide a fresh approach to understanding how transportation investment and land use decisions affect each other, and ultimately economic development.  In addition, the role of urban design in shaping multi-modal friendly development patterns will be integral part of the study.  The following are specific goals within those areas:


  • Identify existing and future transportation needs
  • Evaluate various solution alternatives
  • Develop an transportation investment strategy
  • Identify traditional and innovative funding opportunities


  • Incorporate market and economic analysis for to produce a realistic plan
  • Determine an the corridor’s development potential
  • Recommend incentives for desired development patterns
  • Describe likely timeline of development


  • Evaluate the affect of current land development patterns on roadway congestion
  • Evaluate the accessibility of existing and future land uses
  • Investigate alternative land use patterns with the community
  • Describe relationship between various development patterns and transportation options
  • Identify potential transit nodes for future land use plans
  • Build consensus around a vision and its implementation


  • Develop design principles that support the vision of residents and businesses
  • Identify how design guidelines can improve mobility and access
  • Develop specific strategies to implement land use and transportation goals