Active Transportation Grant Program

The MPO's vision for active transportation places an emphasis on providing facilities and improving safety along all federally-classified arterial roadways within urban areas of the MPO, on which pedestrians or cyclists are not prohibited. These roadways serve as major commuting corridors, commercial corridors and corridors of commerce, and connect communities, activity centers, transit, and major destinations throughout the region. As such, they serve as the backbone to other roadways and streets in the region which, combined with local sidewalks and streets, link neighborhoods, businesses, and other community facilities to one another.

The 2040 RTP continues this highly popular program created in 2010 with the adoption of the 2035 RTP. In short, the Active Transportation Program receives a portion of the MPO's direct suballocation of STP funding and the full amount of suballocated Transportation Alternatives funding to advance projects that improve walking, bicycling, and transit facilities. The program is coordinated with the MPO's Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee whose members help evaluate projects for funding.

Applications are now available for the 2018 ATP Program, learn more here.

Previous ATP Awards: FYs 2014-2017

Nashville MPO Announces Approximately $10M in Active Transportation Projects

The Nashville Area MPO and its Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee announced $9.6 million in project awards in November 2014 under the Active Transportation Program included in the adopted 2035 Regional Transportation Plan.

Shaped by extensive public and stakeholder input, the MPO established a new direction for investments made with MPO-managed grant funds received through the Federal Highway Administration's Surface Transportation Program. The Active Transportation Program targets at least 15 percent of available Urban Surface Transportation Program resources for walking, bicycling, or transit-supportive projects that may not have otherwise received funding through more traditional revenue streams.

Projects addressing needs identified in the MPO's Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Study received priority consideration for awards. The vision and policy provisions of this Study were incorporated into the 2035 Regional Transportation Plan-the 25-year roadmap for how the MPO will allocate nearly $6 billion toward multi-modal transportation infrastructure. In four-year intervals between now and 2035, approximately $115 million in federal funds will be available for active transportation by way of the MPO Transportation Improvement Program.

The MPO Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee created project scoring criteria and, along with MPO staff, conducted reviews.

Proposals were funded in urban and suburban areas of Middle Tennessee, creating connections to schools, downtowns, libraries, public transit and other community destinations. The MPO was able to award monies to all projects submitted.

A majority of the region's project submittals had a focus on safely connecting children to area schools through non-motorized facilities, demonstrating an increased demand for safe and convenient opportunities to encourage physical activity among young people, by way of transportation to and from school.

Investments in the non-motorized modes increase access to transit, provide safe and reliable choices for trips of short distances, promote physical activity, and encourage redevelopment of existing centers and corridors that may already have reached or be nearing expected capacity on supporting roadway infrastructure.

2014-2017 Active Transportation Awards:

Small Town Connections
City of Nolensville
Award Amount: $415,000. Construction of a trailhead and bridge, and environmental work for the Nolensville multi-use trail.  The 10-foot wide trail stretches 4,300 feet and connects many destinations in Nolensville, including parks, schools, businesses and community destinations.  The trail also connects with two existing Safe Routes to School trails funded with Safe Routes to School grants from the Tennessee Department of Transportation.  The goal of the trail is to provide a safe and pleasant transportation and recreation option for those who live, work and visit Nolensville. 

Lower Station Camp Creek Greenway
Sumner County
Award Amount: $1,045,000. Design, right-of-way acquisition, and construction of 2,000 linear feet of trail from Station Camp School to Saundersville Station subdivision, including a pedestrian bridge over Station Camp Creek.  The entire Lower Station Camp Greek Greenway stretches 2.75 miles and connects multiple school campuses with residential developments, providing students an opportunity to walk or bicycle to and from school.

North Nashville Mini Transit Hub
Nashville MTA
Award Amount: 750,000. Construction of a transit hub, sidewalks, and bicycle parking along Clarksville Pike (SR-112).  The hub will provide a shelter that includes a heated waiting area, bicycle parking and pedestrian improvements, such as sidewalks and crosswalks, to access the hub.  The hub serves three of MTA’s highest-ridership routes, including the cross-town University Connector that connects many of Nashville’s universities and colleges.

Highway 31W Sidewalk & Bicycle Lanes
City of White House
Award Amount: 1,600,000. Construction of a three-quarter mile multi-use trail on Highway 31 from Clearview Court to the greenway trailhead.  The sidewalk and bicycle lanes will complete a greenway that encircles all of White House.  The greenway serves as both a transportation and recreation facility for those who live, work and visit White House.

Citywide Sidewalk Improvement Program
City of Gallatin
Award Amount: 560,000. Construction of 4 miles of sidewalks across 13 high-priority locations throughout the city.  The sidewalks fill critical gaps in the city’s sidewalk network and will connect destinations such as schools, residences and businesses. Project Cost: $700,000

Belinda Parkway Pedestrian Connector
City of Mt. Juliet
Award Amount: 1,250,000. onstruction of nearly 2 miles of sidewalks between Providence Greenway and Jerry Mundy Park, connecting residential and commercial areas.  The sidewalk is an important pedestrian facility for the city that will connect residences with commercial destinations, as well as the Providence greenway. Project Cost: $1,562,500

Franklin Pike Multimodal Plan
City of Berry Hill
Award Amount: $125,000. Preparation of a multi-modal master plan for a one-mile stretch of Franklin Pike between Wedgewood and Berry Road.  The plan will engage the public and community stakeholders to develop recommendations for improved access management for automobiles, and new accommodations for pedestrians, bicycles, and transit users.

Franklin-Cool Springs Bike Share Program
Franklin Transit Authority
Award Amount: $2,065,000. Implementation, administration, and maintenance of 23 bike-share stations with 10 bicycles each across Franklin and the Cools Springs area.  The program will be the third and largest bike share program in Tennessee and will serve recreation and transportation trips for visitors, residents and those who work in Cool Springs and Franklin.

S. Lowry Street Streetscaping and Bicycle & Pedestrian Improvements
Town of Smyrna
Award Amount: $320,000. First phase of a planned streetscape improvement to Lowry Street from Sam Davis Road to Jackson Street in downtown Smyrna.  The design includes pedestrian and bicycle facilities and the replacement of a center turn lane with a landscaped median.  The project is a road diet and by removing the center turn lane and replacing with a median, roadway crossings will be significantly safer for pedestrians.  The project will also help to create a sense of place and define the character of Smyrna. 

Nolensville Pike Mini Transit Hub
Nashville MTA
Award Amount: $1,500,000. Construction of a transit hub at the intersection of Nolensville Pike and Harding Place.  The project will include covered bicycle parking, improved pedestrian crosswalks, sidewalks, signage and a heated waiting area for customers.  The project will serve three high-ridership routes.


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Michelle Lacewell
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