American Recovery & Reinvestment Act

arra logoOn February 17, 2009, President Barack Obama signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The main goals, as stated in the Act, are:

  1. To preserve and create jobs and promote economic recovery.
  2. To assist those most impacted by the recession.
  3. To provide investments needed to increase economic efficiency by spurring technological advances in science and health.
  4. To invest in transportation, environmental protection, and other infrastructure that will provide long-term economic benefits.
  5. To stabilize State and local government budgets, in order to minimize and avoid reductions in essential services and counterproductive state and local tax increases.

In all, ARRA provided for more than $27 billion for roads and bridges and nearly $9 billion for transit projects across the nation. In addition, more than $9 billion was set-aside for inter-city rail and high-speed rail initiatives to support growing demand for passenger rails services across the country.

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Latest Updates


The Nashville Area MPO takes action to assist the Nashville MTA in replacing transit vehicles lost to recent flooding and provides additional support to various roadway projects by shifting unused ARRA funding from projects with costs coming in lower than expected. See an overview of recent shifts in fundingpdf


Tennessee is one of the first states in the nation to obligate 100% of the economic stimulus funding made available by the 2009 Recovery Act. The MPO awarded more than $42 million to improve area roads, bridges, transit, and greenways. Read full release>pdf


The Nashville Area MPO adopts strategy to ensure that all ARRA funds allocated to the Nashville area are obligated in advance of the March 2, 2010 deadline. By doing so, the region will help Tennessee position itself for any funding not used by other states. See an update on obligation status for MPO projectspdf


The MPO Executive Board has formally amended more than $40 million in federal economic recovery funds into the regional Transportation Improvement Program. See a list of those projects below.


TIGER logoFunds will be awarded competitively to State and local governments who submit applications for capital investments in surface transportation infrastructure, including highway or bridge projects, public transportation projects, passenger and freight rail, or port infrastructure investments.

MPO Information & Forms

MPO Amends Stimulus Projects into Regional TIP

On May 20, 2009 the MPO Executive Board formally amended more than $40 million in economic recovery funds into the FY 2008-2009 Transportation Improvement Program – the official 4-year transportation work program for the greater Nashville region.

MPO Endorses Project Selections for Economic Stimulus Funds

On March 18, 2009, the MPO Executive Board endorsed a list of projects to fund, in part, with federal economic stimulus funds. Project selections are not final and are subject to public review and comment. The MPO Executive Board will consider further action to finalize the stimulus project list on April 15, 2009.

MPO Regional Priorities for Economic Stimulus Funds

Regional priorities for economic stimulus funds were endorsed by the MPO Executive Board on March 4, 2009. The list represents those projets that are under consideration for funds made available by the ARRA. No decisions have been made as to which priority projects to fund with federal economic stimulus funds. The following links provide project lists by mode of transportation.

Other Important Information

Important Links

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Locate ARRA-funded projects using the Project Tracker Interactive Map.

For More Information

ARRA/Economic Stimulus:

Michael Skipper, AICP
Executive Director

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