Studies

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nMotion (Nashville MTA Strategic Planning Effort)

nMotion 2015 is the MTA/RTAs strategic planning effort that will lead to the development of 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.

Moving Forward Report

This report maps out 10 specific transit recommendations that community leaders can use to advance the discussion about developing a regional, multi-modal transit system in Middle Tennessee. Read the full report here

Northeast Corridor Mobility Study (Nashville to Goodlettsville, Hendersonville and Gallatin)

The Northeast Corridor Mobility Study was completed by the Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization in 2009 to develop a regional transit investment strategy for the 30-mile corridor between downtown Nashville and Gallatin.  The study recommended rapid transit along Ellington Parkway (SR-6) and Vietnam Veterans Parkway (SR-386).  Learn more about this project.

Southeast Corridor Study (Nashville to La Vergne, Smyrna and Murfreesboro)

The Southeast Corridor High Performance Transit Alternatives Study was completed in 2007 to evaluate transit options between Nashville and Murfreesboro. The Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization is currently updating those findings through the ongoing Transportation and Land Use Study. Learn more about the 2007 study from the list here. Follow progress on the update here.

Northwest Corridor Study (Commuter Rail, Nashville to Clarksville)

An Initial Feasibility Study of commuter rail was completed by the Nashville Western Rail Authority in 2008 in partnership with TDOT, the Clarksville Urbanized Area MPO, and the Nashville Area MPO.  The RTA of Middle Tennessee is currently conducting a more robust analysis of transit options between Clarksville and Nashville. Read 2008 findings here. Learn more about the current effort here.

South Corridor Study (Rapid Transit, Nashville to Franklin)

The Nashville Area MPO has budgeted funds to conduct an initial feasibility study of rapid transit options between downtown Nashville, Cool Springs/Franklin, and Spring Hill.  The study, scheduled for start in the spring of 2016 will evaluate various alignment and technology options for the corridor. Read more about the Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP).