Tennessee Long-Range Policy Plan
The Tennessee Department of Transportation has created a new long-term vision for transportation in Tennessee. The 25-Year Long-Range Transportation Policy Plan provides the foundation for prioritizing transportation investments across the State. This new plan will aid in accomplishing TDOT's mission to serve the public by providing the best multimodal transportation system in the nation. This plan was last updated in 2015.
The Guiding Principles represent seven interrelated value statements
that express the major priorities of TDOT and provide tangible actions
as the Department works towards their vision:
- Preserve and Manage the Existing System - Protect existing
assets and maintain efficiency of the system through cost-effective
management and new technologies.
- Support the State’s Economy - Make transportation investments
that support economic growth, competitiveness and tourism; build
partnerships with communities and regions to link employment,
commercial/retail areas and other key activity centers.
- Maximize Safety and Security - Reduce injuries and fatalities in
all modes of transportation; minimize construction-related safety
incidents; improve disaster preparedness and incident response.
- Provide for the Efficient Movement of People and Freight - Optimize the movement of people and goods by providing greater
access to transportation services for all people and by building better
connections among different modes of transportation.
- Build Partnerships for Sustainable and Livable Communities - Provide early and ongoing opportunities for broad public input on
plans and programs; work closely with local public and private planning
efforts; coordinate land use and transportation planning.
- Protect Natural, Cultural, and Environmental Resources - Maintain
the integrity of communities and historical sites; minimize impacts on
natural resources and conserve energy.
- Emphasize Financial Responsibility - Provide accountability;
maximize Tennessee’s share of federal transportation funding; develop
alternative funding strategies; select projects based on identified
regional needs; allow flexibility in local management of projects where
TDOT's Long Range Policy Plan presents the following recommendations to guide the department's ongoing commitments:
- Increase efforts in working with city, county, and regional
organizations relative to land use and transportation in order
to proactively plan for and accommodate future transportation
demands. This will include creating technical resources,
processes, and training to build capabilities internally as well as
with Tennessee communities.
- Move forward in the Department’s interactions with Rural
Planning Organizations (RPO) to create a process that fosters
a more needs-based approach including land use and
- Promote and enhance Tennessee’s Environmental Streamlining
- Advance the Department’s current practices in the area of
sustainability as a means of maximizing return on investment.
- Make available the latest planning data and tools and provide
these resources to the Department’s many planning partners (e.g.,
Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO), RPOs, Tennessee
Department of Economic & Community Development (ECD), transit
- Administer the Department’s customer survey periodically and use
findings to track performance and re-evaluate customer priorities
based on their level of satisfaction.
- Increase center-to-center communication between Traffic
Management Centers (TMCs) and incident management partners to
facilitate greater day-to-day coordination and cooperation.
- Coordinate with surrounding states, specifically in the
implementation of Traffic System Management & Operations
(TSM&O) practices for multi-state MPO areas.
- Work through Tennessee’s Freight Advisory Committees and local
communities to increase knowledge of and efficiencies in freight
movements in Tennessee.
- Increase RPO responsibilities to encompass more multimodal
considerations (e.g., transit planning, non-motorized, etc.).
- Enhance the sharing of safety-related data among and between
all agencies including local and regional governments.
- Enhance partnerships further with local and regional agencies to
better evaluate behavioral and engineering safety needs.
- Use peer exchange forums to advance best practices in
behavioral and engineering roadway safety in Tennessee.
- Implement the use of the American Association of State Highway
and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Highway Safety Manual
to increase the effectiveness of safety analysis and evaluation of
- Explore and implement emerging technologies (e.g., Intelligent
Transportation Systems (ITS), TSM&O, Active Transportation and
Demand Management (ATDM), etc.) that enhance safety and
security for all modes of transportation.
- Seek opportunities to educate elected officials regarding
legislation impacting roadway safety.
- Evaluate training and standard procedures on environmental
compliance as the Department delivers and maintains the
- Employ process improvement practices for continuous
improvement of TDOT’s oversight and involvement in project
- Promote asset management as a means of maintaining and
preserving Tennessee’s transportation infrastructure in a state of
good repair (i.e. to desired target conditions).
- Increase capabilities and technical resources in asset
management to advance greater understanding and investments
in Tennessee’s transportation infrastructure.
- Tennessee Long-Range Policy Plan