Plan allocates priorities for expected $8.5B in federal, state and local revenues
Regional elected officials and transportation planners have voted to adopt a broad plan to guide the region's road and transit investments for the next 25 years.
The plan, titled "Middle Tennessee Connected," lays out a vision and spending priorities for the $8.5 billion officials expect to collect in federal, state and local funding between now and 2040. The group's main priorities involve updating the downtown interstate loop, modernizing the Music City Star rail and improving state routes in parts of outlying counties.
MPO has for the first time dedicated a portion of Federal Highway Administration funding to help engineer and fund transit options between Nashville and Franklin, Murfreesboro and Gallatin. It also has created a fund to be the vehicle for investing in technologies that will improve traffic operations and parking management.
"Stakeholders throughout the region have worked hand in hand with the MPO staff to develop this plan," Portland Mayor Ken Wilber, MPO executive board chairman, said in a statement. "Great attention has been given to the selection of project to ensure that our limited transportation funds make the greatest impact across the region."
The draft plan highlights and recommendations are available here. Much more on the Middle Tennessee Connected plan is elsewhere on the MPO site.