On February 17, 2016, the MPO executive board adopted the 2040 Regional Transportation Plan, also known as "Middle Tennessee Connected." The plan serves as the gateway to federal transportation funds that are distributed through the U.S. DOT Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and represents the region's top priorities for state funding as the Tennessee Governor and TDOT prepare the annual three-year work program for the Tennessee General Assembly. Read the full press release.
The RTP contains transportation projects that are derived from city and county governments, public transit agencies, and the TDOT who each have submitted their requests for funding through a call-for-projects issued by the MPO in 2014.
THE REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION PLAN IS MIDDLE TENNESSEE'S GATEWAY TO FEDERALLY-FUNDED TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS AND SERVICES.
- REPRESENTS THE REGION'S COLLECTIVE PRIORITIES FOR STATE AND FEDERAL FUNDS
Prepared by the Nashville Area MPO on behalf of its member jurisdictions, the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), titled Middle Tennessee Connected, spans the next quarter century and represents the collective transportation goals of city and county governments, transit agencies, and the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT). Its purpose is to identify how those partners intend to invest federal grants to improve mobility across Davidson, Maury, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson, and Wilson counties. The plan also represents the region's top priorities for state funding as the Tennessee Governor and TDOT prepare the annual three-year work program for the Tennessee General Assembly.
- A FISCALLY-CONSTRAINED PLAN
The RTP includes a balanced budget. It presents a list of transportation improvements that can be constructed or implemented over the next 25 years with anticipated federal funding, based on current annual appropriations. The plan schedules projects over three planning horizons including a short-term (2016-2020), mid-term (2021-2030), and long-term (2031-2040). Projects included in the short-term horizon also comprise the MPO's regional Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).
- KEEPS TDOT AND LOCAL AGENCIES ELIGIBLE FOR FEDERAL FUNDING
Since the 1962 Federal-aid Highway Act, federal legislation has required metropolitan area transportation plans to be developed through a continuing, cooperative, and comprehensive planning process. This plan serves to satisfy federal regulations outlined in 23 CFR 450 and ensures that TDOT, transit agencies, and local governments are eligible to use federal transportation funds to construct or implement improvements to roadways and transit routes.
- SUPERSEDES THE 2035 REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION PLAN
The MPO is required by federal law to update its regional transportation plan every five years to account for changes in transportation needs that result from shifts in regional economic conditions, real estate development trends, funding availability, and public policies. The 2040 RTP supersedes the 2035 RTP which was adopted in December 2010.
Click here for highlights of Middle Tennessee Connected.
Michael Skipper, AICP