Planning Overview

Transportation is an Important Part of Our Regions's Growth & Continued Quality of Life

Our transportation system, with its vast network of roads, bus routes, rail lines, sidewalks, and bicycle lanes, is the backbone of our region. Coordinated planning of that system is critical to the continued growth of our local and regional economies. Planning also is important to ensure that as the system grows to manage the traffic congestion that we know is coming as a result of our economic growth and development, and that it grows in a way that is sensitive to our region's valuable natural and community resources.

Serving as a regional partnership among the United States Department of Transportation, Tennessee Department of Transportation, transit agencies, local elected leadership, local planning and public works directors, the business community, and citizens across the five-plus county planning area, the Nashville Area MPO leads in the development of the region's long-range transportation plan and short-range Transportation Improvement Program and contributes to ongoing conversations about issues such as land use, economic development, climate change and the environment, safety and security, and health.

The MPO has the authority to plan, prioritize, and select transportation projects for federal funding appropriated by the United States Congress through the United States Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration; and is responsible to for ensuring the region is in compliance with federal planning requirements and national ambient air quality standards.

Major Efforts

Update to the Regional Transportation Plan for the Greater Nashville Area

The MPO recently kicked-off a major update to the regional transportation plan (RTP) for the greater Nashville area which will identify major priorities for roadway and public transit improvements and help advance efforts to make Middle Tennessee communities more walkable and bicycle-friendly. This comprehensive plan addressing all modes of surface transportation is scheduled for adoption in December 2015. Want to see what's in the current plan or have ideas about how to build your future?

FY 2014 to FY 2017 Transportation Improvement Program

The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is the short-range work program used by the MPO to fund projects in the current regional transportation plan. The MPO adopted the region's current 4-year program in December 2012, providing nearly 1 billion dollars in investments in roadways, transit, sidewalks, greenways, ITS, and air quality outreach programs between 2014 to 2017. A new TIP is under development to serve as the first five years, FYs 2015-2020, of the next regional transportation plan.

Annual Unified Planning Work Program

Every year the MPO seeks input from state agencies, local governments, citizens, businesses, and other interested parties to develop its annual planning work program. Have an idea for a study? Like to see research on a particular topic related to transportation? Read our current planning work program.

Nashville Region's Vital Signs

Each October, the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and MPO publish a major report to the region that tracks data points related to key issues affecting Middle Tennessee's economic well-being and quality of life in order to facilitate conversation about community-driven solutions to reinforce our strengths and address our weaknesses. Read the 2014 Vital Signs or 2013 Vital Signs reports here.

Current Studies

Recently Completed Studies

2035 Regional Transportation Plan logo

In December 2010, the MPO adopted the 2035 Regional Transportation Plan for the greater- Nashville area. All plan documents, maps and project lists can be reviewed here.

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