Transit Planning Efforts

The Nashville Area MPO has committed to facilitating the development of a 10-county vision for regional transit—working alongside the Clarksville MPO, TDOT, the Regional Transportation Authority, and local transit agencies. The following studies are important to efforts to improve regional transit opportunities in the greater Nashville area.

Current Transit Planning Efforts

nMotion - MTA Strategic Plan

nMotion 2015 is the MTA/RTA's Strategic Plan, a 20-year comprehensive plan designed to meet the Nashville area's vision for transit. The plan will look at how the transit system works today and identify opportunities to enhance the transit system, improve service, attract and retain new riders and meet the growing needs of the Nashville region. Throughout the project, the public will engage in developing the blueprint of actions to make the best opportunities a reality. Find out how to participate here.



Northwest Corridor Study

The Northwest Corridor Transit Study is a transit based corridor study that will be undertaken in accordance with processes established by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). While the FTA no longer requires that applicants complete an Alternatives Analysis (AA) study, following the previously outlined AA process is generally advisable as it will yield products, analysis and information which may be used in further project development. Public input is encouraged during the process.

Recent Transit Planning Efforts


East-West Connector (2011-13)

The East-West Connector is a bus rapid transit system (BRT) that was planned to run along the busy 7.5-mile corridor that stretches from Five Points in East Nashville to White Bridge Road in West Nashville. It would allow residents and visitors to move along the corridor faster than they can in a car stuck in traffic.The Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) applied for and received federal money to fund a significant portion of the East-West Connector. For more information visit the Nashville MTA.

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Northeast Corridor Mobility Study (2010)

The study is a comprehensive planning effort in the region's 30-mile long Northeast Corridor focused on developing transportation investment strategies that support the priorities of communities between downtown Nashville and Gallatin, TN. The study examined the economic growth potential of various land use and urban design scenarios for the fast growing corridor en route to evaluating potential transportation projects like passenger rail and bus rapid transit.


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MTA Master Plan (2009)

Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority's (MTA) Strategic Transit Master Plan is a guide to help MTA set forth a set of guiding principles and policies for improving public transportation in Nashville/Davidson County, as well as describe actions and projects for the short, medium and long term. The plan is an action-oriented strategy that leads MTA closer to the long-term vision established through local collaboration and the long range transportation plan adopted by the MPO. The Master Plan identif specific capital and operational services to be prioritized and implemented within the proposed planning horizons.

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Northwest Corridor Conceptual Feasibility Study (2008)pdf

Initial feasibility study to look at the corridor between the cities of Clarksville and Nashville to determine if commuter rail is feasible in this corridor, determine the most likely alignment, develop a preliminary capitol cost estimate, and a potential operating schedule and operations budget. The results of the study will allow the officials involved to make a more informed decision on whether to invest in the next steps toward a commuter rail. The study was developed in coordination with Montgomery County, Cheatham County, the City of Clarksville, TDOT, the Clarksville Urbanized Area MPO, and the Nashville Area MPO.

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Southeast Corridor Alternatives Analysis (2007)pdf

The Southeast Corridor High-Performance Transit Alternatives Study looked at potential transit systems that could be built in the corridor between the cities of Nashville and Murfreesboro. The study considered several high performance transit alternatives and compared the cost and benefits of those alternatives to determine a transit solution that includes both short-term and long-term recommendations. The Locally Preferred Alternative selected was a combination of phased bus service enhancements, including development of express bus and skip stop bus services on I-24 and Murfreesboro Road (US 41/70S), and extended local bus service on Murfreesboro.

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City of Gallatin Transit Feasibility Study (2005)pdf

The study was prepared in coordination with the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) for planning assistance to study the feasibility of starting new transit services in Gallatin. The study analyzed the need and feasibility of implementing local transit services in the City of Gallatin and identified a preliminary plan to provide those services including connection to regional express bus services.


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City of Lebanon Transit Feasibility Study (2005)pdf

The study was prepared in coordination with the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) for planning assistance to study the feasibility of starting new transit services in the city of Lebanon. The study analysis took into consideration the proposed implementation of commuter rail services for the Music City Star East Corridor between Nashville and Lebanon as an opportunity to study the feasibility of intra-city transit and its possible role in making the rail service more accessible to City residents and workers and enhance mobility in the community.


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City of Murfreesboro Transit Service & Management Alternatives (2005)pdf

In October 2000, the City of Murfreesboro Transit Feasibility Study was completed. It identified potential transit routes and their associated operating and capital costs for transit implementation in Murfreesboro. The 2005 Transit Service and Management Alternatives Study was a follow up the 2000 study aimed to review and update the transit needs, review and refine the service alternatives, and identify management and operations options.


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Nashville Area Transit Development Plan (2003)pdf

The study identified areas of the region where transit services would be a reasonable part of the mobility system and produced guidance on development strategies to increase the potential for transit to be successful. It assessed the existing conditions for transit at the time for the 10-county region, identified areas where transit appeared to be feasible and described recommendation strategies that could be used to enhance transit's potential in areas not considered feasible.

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Regional Transportation Funding - A Strategic Review (2002)pdf

This study provides information on how transportation projects and programs have been funded by the various jurisdictions and outlines alternative sources for future consideration. The report constitutes a survey of transportation funding as they existed at the time of its development and lays out funding options that could be considered by the Nashville Area MPO in the future. The report contains three main sections: Transportation Needs, Existing Transportation Funding and Expenditures, and Recommended Funding Sources.

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