Transportation / Transit

The Music City Star, Downtown Nashville


A quality transportation system provides mobility to all users. While we typically think of roads and cars in America, a complete transportation system includes walking and biking options, roadways, rail and water ways, and mass transportation. A complete multi-modal transportation system is vital to a region’s economic and environmental health and functioning. Inefficient, congested systems impact mobility for residents, the ability to deliver goods and services, and the quality of the air we breathe.

Why It Matters

Current research by CRT in 2011 reveals that 62 % of our ten-county region’s workforce live and work in different counties. This data, from 2010 U.S. Census Report, indicates that the Middle Tennessee region is highly interconnected—many people from neighboring counties are traveling back and forth every day. Intense inter-regional travel combined with intra-regional thru traffic on Middle Tennessee’s four major interstates compounds congestion further. This reality of Middle Tennessee’s current transportation situation has caused regional leaders to work together, consider, and embrace the need for a diversified transportation system.

A recent 2011 report by CEO for Cities cited the Nashville Region as having the worst commute in the country based on total hours of peak travels. That same year a Brookings Institution report, Missed Opportunity: Transit and Jobs in Metropolitan America, ranked the Nashville Metropolitan Statistical Area No. 93 out of 100 in terms of transit access. This report stated, “An estimated 32.2 % of working-age residents have access to public transportation such as trains, buses and other alternatives.”

Regional leaders in Middle Tennessee have recognized the need to provide a variety of transportation options to address growing traffic congestion, mobility needs, pollution, and health concerns. A multi-modal transportation system that moves people and goods efficiently supports our region’s future economic vitality, livability, and sustainability.

Transportation / Transit


Middle Tennessee has made good steps in providing citizens more options for transportation. Currently the region provides Park and Ride commuter programs across the metropolitan region. The Music City Star, running between Wilson County and downtown Nashville, is the first modern commuter rail line in Tennessee. The region has made great strides in planning for the future needs of the additional one million new residents projected to call Middle Tennessee home by 2035 in our adopted MPO 2035 Regional Transportation Plan, that calls for a mix of mass transit systems and improvement of existing roads and infrastructure.

Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization

The Nashville Area MPO leads in the development of the region’s long-term range transportation plan and short-range transportation improvement program through a partnership among HUD, DOT, Tennessee DOT, local elected leadership, local planning and public works directors, the business community, and citizens across Davidson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson, Wilson and parts of Maury and Robertson counties. The MPO is funded by local partners and through grants from the United States DOT.

Middle Tennessee Mayors Caucus

The Middle Tennessee Mayors Caucus was formed in July of 2009 to provide leadership on important issues facing a rapidly changing regional landscape. Transportation, and particularly the pursuit of a modern mass transit system, served as the early catalyst, but in its brief history the Caucus has served as an effective forum for building personal relationships among Mayors and has helped local governments support each other on issues ranging from flood recovery to proposed state legislation.

Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee

The Transit Alliance brings together leaders from all ten counties of Middle Tennessee to address fulfilling the need of an efficient mass transit system in the region. The Sustaining Contributors represent businesses, educational institutions and individuals who are committed to the mission of the Alliance, and through the Alliance, to the future of our region.

The Transit Alliance Advisors work closely with the Middle Tennessee Mayors Caucus to provide a forum for the elected leaders of the cities and counties of Middle Tennessee to discuss regional issues, including transportation.

Regional Transportation Authority (RTA)

The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) operates multiple regional bus routes between downtown Nashville and surrounding counties. The RTA’s regional rideshare program also organizes vanpools and carpools throughout Middle Tennessee. The RTA currently operates the Music City Star commuter rail system.

Other Partners

Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT)
Clarksville Urbanized Area Metropolitan Planning Organization

Transportation / Transit



The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) is hard at work to provide new and better transit options that ensure everyone can get where they need to in a cost-effective and timely manner. To determine how best to expand regional transit service, the RTA is updating their Strategic Transit Plan, known as nMotion 2015. Your input and opinions are desperately needed to help develop the best regional mass transit system possible.

Join Cumberland Region Tomorrow, the Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee, and the Regional Transportation Authority to discuss the specific transit and transportation needs of your county. This event will bring together key government, business, and community leaders from your county for an in-depth look at the demand for new solutions in regional transportation and transit in relation to your county’s vision and goals.

Schedule of county meetings

Wilson County

Thursday, October 22nd, 4:30-6:30 pm

Capitol Theatre | 110 W Main Street | Lebanon, TN 37087

Rutherford County

Thursday, November 5th, 4:30-6:30 pm

Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce Atrium | 3050 Medical Center Pkwy, Murfreesboro, TN 37129

Robertson County

Tuesday, November 10th, 5:00-7:00 pm

Stokes Brown Public Library | 405 White Street, Springfield, TN 37172

Williamson County

Thursday, November 12th, 7:30-9:30 am

Franklin City Hall | 109 Third Avenue South | Franklin, TN 37064

Sumner County

Thursday, November 12th, 4:30-6:30 pm

Volunteer State Community College, Mary Cole Nichol Dining Room | 1480 Nashville Pike, Gallatin, TN 37066

Cheatham County

Thursday, November 19th, 6:00-8:00 pm

Cheatham County Courthouse, General Sessions Court | 100 Public Square, Ashland City, TN 37015

Montgomery County

Wednesday, December 2nd, 7:30-9:30 am

Freedom Point at Liberty Park | 1188 Cumberland Drive, Clarksville, TN 37040

Dickson County

Thursday, December 3rd, 5:00-7:00 pm

Dickson City Hall, City Council Chambers | 600 East Walnut Street | Dickson, TN 37055

Maury County

Friday, December 4th, 7:30-9:30 am

Location TBD

For event registration and more information, please visit!



TDOT leadership recognized for innovative and leading practices

The Tennessee Department of Transportation
(TDOT) and Commissioner of Transportation John Schroer has recently received attention and recognition for the department’s innovative practices and efforts to become one of the country’s premier DOTS.

Included in Smart Growth America‘s recently released third edition of The Innovative DOT: A handbook of policy and practice, TDOT has been praised for efforts to interact and communicate with local communities in order to improve the planning process and create better project outcomes. Specifically, TDOT is recognized for assistance and resources provided to communities working on comprehensive plans that lead to strategic transportation investments.

Co-authored by Smart Growth America and the State Smart Transportation Initiative, The Innovative DOT documents many of the innovative approaches state leaders are using to make systems more efficient, government more effective and constituents better satisfied. Click here for more information on The Innovative DOT or to download the handbook.

Commissioner Schroer recently sat down with Smart Growth America to discuss leadership within TDOT and his views on effective outreach while working within communities to progress planning efforts. Along with SGA, the Strong Towns Blog highlighted Commission Schroer in a recent blog post. Watch the video below to see what the Commissioner has to say.


Growth requires infrastructure, infrastructure is expensive New reports provide details

Failing Infrastructure from flood damage.

Failing Infrastructure from flood damage.

Providing for the needs of a growing population costs money and requires sufficient infrastructure for the region to successfully function and progress. This is why infrastructure is one of our POWER OF TEN issues of regional importance.

A recently released report by the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR) includes a breakdown of infrastructure costs and future needs for counties across Tennessee.

According to Building Tennessee’s Tomorrow: Anticipating the State’s Infrastructure Needs, local officials from around the state reported infrastructure improvement needs of nearly $39 billion during the five-year period from June 2012 – June 2017. Almost $22 billion of this fell into the “Transportation and Utilities” category while other areas of needed infrastructure improvement included education; health, safety, and welfare; recreation and culture; economic development; and general government.

In order to develop a clearer picture of the region and our area’s infrastructure needs, CRT has compiled county-level data available in this report.

Table 1 below provides a breakdown of total infrastructure needs by county in our 10-county CRT region. According to TACIR, the CRT region has reported nearly 2,000 needed infrastructure improvement projects at an estimated cost of almost $11.5 billion.


Table 2 provides a closer look at the reported future transportation needs of the region. As illustrated in the table below, from June 2012 through June 2017, the CRT region has estimated a need of 673 transportation projects, representing over one-third of the total infrastructure projects shown in Table 1 for our region. TACIR’s report estimates the cost of these projects to close to $4.5 billion, representing 39.2% of the total estimated infrastructure costs for the region.


As we can see, heavy infrastructure investment, particularly in the area of transportation, is needed in our region and throughout the state.

Other reports have highlighted similar and related data that may be used to help inform and make future decisions as our region continues to grow. The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 Vital Signs and Urban Land Institute’s Infrastructure 2014, as well as CRT’s Quality Growth Toolbox chapter on infrastructure, all provide additional information and resources for further learning on the issue of infrastructure and its impact on our region.

We invite you to explore these reports to get an up-to-date perspective and facts on our region’s true infrastructure needs.

Salt Lake City Region’s Collaboration and Transportation/Transit Successes

The Salt Lake City Region of Utah has seen great success in creating a shared vision by strategically communicating and educating, getting wide-spread consensus, doing the necessary design and planning, and working collaboratively to fund and implement their regional transit system that is accomplishing many shared goals and providing equitable service to their region.

Boarding the first FrontRunner commuter train from Provo to Salt Lake City. Flickr photo by Steven Vance  -

Boarding the first FrontRunner commuter train from Provo to Salt Lake City. Flickr photo by Steven Vance

Here in Middle Tennessee, we can learn from their collaborative methods and shared success.

The Salt Lake City region’s leaders and organizations have successfully linked regional transportation and transit investments to their community and economic development, housing creation, and natural resource goals while leveraging their infrastructure investments. Unparalleled collaboration among several lead regional groups, state and local governments, business and citizen leaders is the secret sauce to their successful efforts,

By working together and maximizing each group’s expertise, resources, and contacts, the Salt Lake City region’s leaders can show other regions how to collaborate and implement regional efforts like transit system funding and development that works in the context of shared regional goals and provides services for all of their region’s communities.

Cumberland Region Tomorrow has been tracking best practices from Envision Utah for all 14 years of our existence since we were both early in the game of regional visioning, planning and implementation exercises, which are now more prevalent across the country. Both of our groups led regional visioning projects with many partners and John Fregonese’s services. Both of our regions took the next step to implement regional visioning findings through Quality Growth Toolbox services delivered in partnership with local governments in their regions.

Envision Utah leaders visited Middle Tennessee to kick off our CRT toolbox project organizational effort in the Fall of 2004. Past Envision Utah Executive Director Alan Matheson also spoke at our 2011 POWER of Ten Regional Summit and told the story about that region’s efforts at that point in time. Click here to check out Alan’s 2011 presentation.

Take a few minutes to read this great Salt Lake City region’s story provided by Transportation for America (T4A) to learn how all of the Salt Lake region’s lead groups have had a hand in their region’s shared successes. T4A is a project of Smart Growth America. CRT, the Nashville MPO, the Nashville Chamber, and Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee work with T4A programs in support of our programming and our work in our region’s efforts. Sign up today to receive future T4A e-newsletters to learn from other successful region’s transportation and transit efforts.

Intermountain miracle: 140 miles of rail in 15 years

Salt Lake’s transportation investments fuel prosperity
A can-do story of inclusive planning, bipartisan support and ambitious investments


In 1994, Salt Lake City didn’t have a single mile of high capacity public transit. Now, between their commuter rail, light rail, and a brand new streetcar, they have about 140 miles. How did this metro area on the edge of the desert pull off such a feat? Amidst the usual stories of partisan gridlock, Utah stands out as a model of collaborative planning among citizens, elected leaders, the business community and others. Together they managed to stare down a recession while making transportation investments that accommodate projected population growth and bolster the economy and quality of life.

It’s another inspiring story of a “can-do” region. See how they did it in this in-depth profile, the latest installment of our ongoing series — and share it widely.

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TDOT Announces Two Grant Opportunities for Tennessee Communities

Clarksville, TN Mayor Kim McMillan accepts a Multimodal Access Grant from TDOT Commissioner John Schroer.

Clarksville, TN Mayor Kim McMillan accepts a Multimodal Access Grant from TDOT Commissioner John Schroer.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation is pleased to announce two grant opportunities designed to assist local communities with transportation projects and planning. This is the second grant cycle for the Multimodal Access Grants, and the first year for the Community Transportation Planning Grants.

The Multimodal Access Grant program supports the safety and transportation needs of transit users, pedestrians, and bicyclists through infrastructure projects that address existing gaps along the state highway network.

Examples of projects eligible under the Multimodal Grant Program include sidewalks and pedestrian crossing improvements, bus shelters, park and ride facilities, and bicycle lanes. Multimodal Access projects will be funded 95% by TDOT, with 5% funded with local matching funds. Total project costs are not to exceed $1 million.

Project requests for funding must be submitted to TDOT through Rural and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (RPOs/MPOs). Applications must be received by TDOT no later than December 10, 2014.

The Multimodal Access Grant guidelines and application are available on our website at: For more information about the application or grant program, please contact Jessica Wilson at 615.741.5025 or by email at [email protected].

The new Community Transportation Planning Grant program is being administered through TDOT’s Long Range Planning Division to assist smaller municipalities with transportation planning services. The program aims to help these communities develop local transportation plans that support the statewide transportation system. Planning activities eligible for the grants include corridor studies, complete street plans, local road concepts, transportation ordinances, pedestrian and bicycle master plans, road diet analysis, and transportation systems management and operations. The maximum grant for planning services shall not exceed $250,000 and will require a local 10% match.

Grant applications must be submitted through each municipal jurisdiction’s Regional Planning Organization. Applications must be submitted by the RPOs to TDOT no later than December 10, 2014.

The Community Transportation Planning information packet and application can be found at For more information about the application or grant program, please contact Jack Qualls at 865.594.2662 or by email at [email protected].

CRT is pleased to share the great news about both TDOT funding programs that support local community planning, design and funding for project implementation. Both of these programs are unique to our DOT and show TDOT’s commitment to local community and economic development priorities. Check out TDOT Deputy Commissioner Tok Omishakin’s presentation at the 2014 POWER OF TEN Regional Summit and hear more about the announcement of the Community Planning Grant program and all of the other TDOT funding for local community projects.

Transit needs and opportunities for our growing Middle Tennessee Region

On September 3rd, News Channel 5 ran a story entitled “New Commuter Train Possible Between Nashville, Clarksville”, which discussed the possibility of transportation improvements in the Northwest area of Middle Tennessee. CRT was glad to be a part of this coverage along with Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan. Check out the story in the clip below:

The key points of the story were:

  • Our ten county region’s economic growth is desired and continuing
  • An increase from 1.8 to 3 Million people living in the region is predicted by 2035
  • Our current and future population and mobility patterns increase congestion
  • Future commuter rail transit services from Nashville through Ashland City to Clarksville can provide transportation options for workers and residents and reduce congestion in that portion of our region

As reported, our ten county region’s population will reach 3 Million by 2035 as projected in the Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization’s 2035 Nashville Area Regional Transportation Plan. CRT was glad to share information on our ten counties’ commuter statistics and congestion for this story. Check out the Regional Issue of Transportation/Transit on our website for more specifics and details. CRT research taken from 2010 Census data shows that 62% of our region’s workforce lives in one county and works in another. The table below is a breakdown on each county’s commute numbers from 2010 data.


From this research and data, it is easy to see how highly connected our Middle Tennessee Region is with our workforce from neighboring counties traveling back and forth every day. This intense inter-regional travel combined with intra-regional freight and through traffic on Middle Tennessee’s three interstates compounds congestion further.

Mayor McMillan’s remarks on the potential heavy rail service from Nashville to Clarksville illustrated the promise of regional rail transit service to that rapidly growing part of our region. She also highlighted the importance of the upcoming 2040 Regional Transportation Plan from the Nashville MPO to put in place the mechanism for this future regional transit infrastructure investment.

Regional leaders across Middle Tennessee, including CRT, recognize the need to provide a variety of transportation and transit options to address workforce mobility needs and traffic congestion. A complete Multimodal transportation system is vital to a region’s economic and environmental health and functioning. We all want to support our growing economy and enhance our quality of life for all of us that make up our region’s growing workforce and population. Strategic transportation and transit infrastructure investments, along with strategically working to create a regional jobs/housing balance that supports a range of housing options and choices near job centers is critical to Middle Tennessee’s continuing success. When we have a good spatial match between job centers, housing and transportation choice, skills needed, and workforce accessibility, our region can change commuter patterns and options, decrease congestion, and increase Middle Tennessee’s desirability for many years to come.


Help plan the future of Middle Tennessee’s fastest-growing corridor


Davidson, Rutherford, Williamson, and Wilson counties are projected to add over 800,000 new residents and 700,000 new jobs by 2040 and remain one of the region’s and state’s most important economic engines in the coming decades. In response to this growth challenge, the Nashville Area MPO initiated the Southeast Area Transportation & Land Use Study, which draws together state, regional, and local partners to develop a preferred vision for growth and development in the area paralleling I-24 between I-40 and I-65 in Davidson, Rutherford, Williamson, and Wilson counties. By taking steps now to coordinate plans for future development, participating agencies and jurisdictions can put in place the multimodal transportation improvements and land use policies necessary to support long-term prosperity and quality of life throughout the study area.

You can provide your input and help plan the future of the Southeast study area by visiting to learn more about potential growth scenarios and weigh in on how you would like to see the area grow.

Input received will be used to help craft a preferred vision for growth and development. Replies will be accepted through the end of August. To learn more about the study, visit the Nashville Area MPO website.

CRT is glad to serve on the steering committee of this regional effort and connect our readers to this process that will inform the upcoming 2040 Regional Transportation Plan due out next year.

Make plans to attend the 2014 TN APA/TRB Environmental Analysis in Transportation Summer Workshop!


Make plans to attend the Tennessee Chapter of the American Planning Association and the Transportation Research Board’s Committee on Environmental Analysis in Transportation 2014 Joint Conference. The conference will take place August 26th -29th at the Music City Center in downtown Nashville. CRT is happy to work with Conference coordinators to organize and lead a session on Thursday, August 28th.

General conference topic areas include: linking land use and transportation, the role of social media in planning, Brownfield redevelopment, disaster planning, and regional growth initiatives. The keynote speaker for the Conference is Tom Vanderbilt, author of “Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us).”

Registration is currently open but general conference registration rates end on Wednesday, August 13th. For details on how to register and to review the preliminary agenda, please visit the conference website: 2014 TN APA/TRB Environmental Analysis in Transportation (ADC10) Summer Workshop.

On Thursday, August 28th Steering Committee Members of the Tennessee Regions’ Roundtable Network will host a session entitled “Tennessee Regions’ Roundtable Network—Advancing Successful Regional and Local Planning Efforts.” This session is a planning commissioner training session and will focus on how local planning actions are tied to regional implementation.

Mr. Bill Terry will provide an overview of laws and statues governing the creation and operation of planning commissions in the State of Tennessee. He will also discuss the components of a comprehensive plan and the role they play in the future growth of a community. As part of this discussion, Dr. Bridget Jones will present examples of how comprehensive plans are being implemented in local communities in Middle Tennessee in support of this region’s initiatives.

Roundtable Network Steering Committee Members Amy Brooks, Project Director of PlanET in the Knoxville/East Tennessee Region; John Zeanah, Project Director of the Mid South Regional Greenprint and Sustainability Plan in the Memphis/West Tennessee Region; and Bridget Jones, Executive Director of Cumberland Region Tomorrow in the Nashville/Middle Tennessee Region will present updates on each region’s current regional planning and implementation activities. These presenters will also provide current updates on West, Middle, and East Tennessee regions’ current regional and aligned local planning efforts, feature regional best practices, and provide valuable resources for Planning Commissioners to learn from and use in their own local communities.

Register today for this informative and educational event!

NashvilleNext Community Conversation: How we’ll get around in the next 25 years


How will we get around in Nashville and Middle Tennessee over the next 25 years? That’s the central topic of the upcoming NashvilleNext Community Conversation, one of several being held to stimulate community discussion of major issues affecting growth and progress.

This Conversation, from 4-6 pm on Tuesday, August 5 at the Municipal Auditorium, 417 4th Avenue North, will include comments from Gabe Klein, former ULI Visiting Fellow and transportation chief in Chicago and in Washington, DC. Klein is known for spearheading efforts to make cities less car-centric and more pedestrian-friendly. Klein will help Nashvillians take a big-picture view of transportation and mobility issues and opportunities throughout our 10-county region.

CRT supports the Metro Nashville Planning Department and their efforts to address regional transportation and transit, identified by CRT as one of the Middle Tennessee region’s Six Issues of Regional Importance. Please plan to attend this important community conversation. RSVP for the event here.

Strategic community outreach pays off for Tennessee Department of Transportation


Today’s CRT story is based on a feature post by Smart Growth America (SGA) about the innovative practices the Tennessee Department of Transportation has made in implementing projects, many of which can be found in SGA’s report The Innovative DOT. Many state DOTs select transportation projects without much coordination with their local jurisdictions. Recently officials in Tennessee decided to do better. Now, key officials from the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) have reinvented how the department interacts with local communities to create better outcomes for projects across the state while saving taxpayer money at the same time.

In our April profile of TDOT Commissioner John Schroer, we explained how Schroer initiated a “top to bottom” review of the department. Part of Schroer’s vision for TDOT is for state planners to work more proactively with local communities in the early planning and design phases of transportation projects. Schroer then created a new team tasked with changing the way TDOT plans, designs and funds transportation projects across the state.

The figure leading this charge for TDOT is Toks Omishakin, Deputy Commissioner of Environment and Planning. In 2011, Schroer appointed Omishakin as Assistant Commissioner with the aim of better coordinating TDOT’s long-range planning and project management. A planner by trade with a degree in Urban and Regional Planning and previous roles with the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Omishakin is rethinking TDOT’s approach to community relations and transforming how TDOT plans and consults with local governments across the state.

Omishakin’s purview as Assistant Commissioner includes the project planning, long-range planning, multimodal transportation resources and environmental divisions. Having someone with a planning background in this role is a priority for TDOT to help ensure a balance between individual project execution and longer term planning principles like land use impact, environmental concerns and finances.

“We’ve made it part of our core business to listen to communities and not force things that the state wants to get done,” says Omishakin. “It’s at the forefront of what we do on a daily basis. Before we build projects, we are going to make sure communities are OK with them.”
“[Tennessee communities] were making a big push, saying, we want our state department of transportation to listen. So we’ve decided any project we move forward is going to be what the community wants and needs.”

Omishakin explains that the TDOT staff proactively seeks to make presentations and answer questions about upcoming projects at existing community meetings (like Kiwanis and Rotary clubs) rather than scheduling a separate meeting hosted by TDOT, which might be harder to promote.

TDOT also implemented a new tool on their website to make interaction with department planners easier for local communities. The ‘Book-A-Planner’ feature is an online form local officials can fill out to request a TDOT official from the Community Relations division to speak at a community meeting about a particular project or concern.

Another key figure within TDOT leading the coordination of this outreach effort across the state is Tanisha Hall, Director of Long Range Planning for the department. Hall has over 14 years of experience in urban planning, specializing in transportation planning and research. In 2012, with the support of Omishakin and Commissioner Schroer, Hall established the Office of Community Transportation (OCT), which aims to better coordinate land use and transportation decisions by strengthening outreach to local communities.

“We work together with communities to identify their long-term goals, and then provide solid, data-driven resources to ensure we make the best transportation investments,” says Hall. “Basically, if you work with the department on the front-end, we can potentially save your community some heartache on the back end.” As an example, Hall points to TDOT’s new involvement in school siting, in which OCT planners offer advice on transportation cost implications to communities building new schools.

One way that the OCT is already helping local communities realize their vision while also saving taxpayer money is through the concept of ‘right-sizing’ state projects. Right-sizing means that transportation projects are tailored to maximize return on investment — to have the lowest cost for the biggest benefit. In 2012, TDOT worked with Smart Growth America to define right-sizing opportunities and began to audit the existing list of proposed projects. Through this review, the department is eliminating projects that are no longer needed, and right-sizing projects that can provide good outcomes at a significantly lower cost. TDOT planners found that many transportation projects could get 80-90 percent of the outcome needed with an improvement to the network that cost up to 10 percent of the initial proposal.

In the first five projects examined across the state, TDOT found a cost savings of over $171 million through right-sizing the scope of work. In one project alone in Jackson County, TDOT was able to reduce the overall cost from an estimated $65 million to only $340,000 while still achieving the same safety and efficiency outcomes.

But Hall’s office tries to become involved with communities before the right-sized project is designed and built. “The right-sized projects are sometimes in the backlog of already-planned projects,” said Hall. “We are the “pre-rightsizers — working with the community early on in the planning process to help them realize their vision with the most effective solutions possible.”

Another of TDOT’s major successes has been the creation of the Multimodal Advisory Committee, a Rockefeller Foundation–funded coalition of transportation professionals and community leaders from across Tennessee working to develop multi-modal transportation communication strategies for TDOT’s outreach use. Transportation for America, a program of Smarth Growth America, worked closely with TDOT and SGA coalition partner Cumberland Region Tomorrow on this project effort.

CRT continues work with TDOT and the Tennessee Multimodal Action Committee and will jointly release new outreach and communication materials later this year. Stay tuned for new Tennessee Mutimodal project news and future CRT stories.

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