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Community Conversations: 2035 Regional Transportation Plan

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The city & county mayors who govern the Nashville Area MPO Executive Board have invited Middle Tennessee residents to learn more about major regional transportation planning efforts and important …

The city & county mayors who govern the Nashville Area MPO Executive Board have invited Middle Tennessee residents to learn more about major regional transportation planning efforts and important changes to public policy therein, at “Community Conversations” - one held in each county of the MPO planning region. Members of the public were given the opportunity to hear an in-depth presentation and submit questions and comments on proposed infrastructure investments to support the overall livability, sustainability, prosperity and diversity of the region, as well as that of their individual counties of residence.

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  • The Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, or MPO, is a multi-county association of local governments directed by a Board of city and county mayors from across the greater Nashville area who have a shared responsibility to help this region fulfill its goals for livability, prosperity, sustainability and diversity through strategic investments in transportation infrastructure.  That includes investments in roads and bridges, but also walking, biking, and mass transit too.
     
    At its core, the MPO is responsible for two important tasks.  ONE- to develop a regional transportation plan that sets forth a vision for how our transportation system will serve residents, businesses, and visitors over the next couple of decades; and TWO - to select projects and programs for federal funding.  The MPO mayors, working closely with TDOT, are focused on funding projects and programs that are most beneficial to the region as a whole.
  • Good News: We are trending in the right direction. (#22 in 2002, #18 in 1997).
  • CEO for Cities Incorporates Land Use in Travel Time Calculations where TTI does not.
    Note: TTI is re-tooling their evaluation procedures to incorporate Land Use element in their analysis
  • Note: Nashville’s Rank is Incorrect. Should be 34. (TTI, 2009 [Table 1 - What Congestion Means To You])
  • Key Highlights
    The proposed Regional Bikeway Network serves to provide bicycle accommodations along major commuting corridors and corridors that connect communities, activity centers, transit, and major destinations throughout the region.
     
    Consists largely of on-street facilities but also includes the Cumberland River Greenway in Davidson County and the Stones River Greenway of Davidson & Rutherford Counties.
     
    The Regional Bikeway Network consists of 1,127 miles traversing the complete region, approximately 40% of the facilities exist today.
    All arterial roads within UGBs to get sidewalks. Total almost 1,000 miles and as of today approximately 24% are built.
  • Transcript

    • 1. Mayor Karl Dean, Chairman 2035 Regional Transportation Plan A multi-billion dollar transportation strategy for Livability, Sustainability, Prosperity, and Diversity
    • 2. nashvillempo.org
    • 3. nashvillempo.org MPOs in Tennessee
    • 4. nashvillempo.org Nashville MPO Clarksville MPO Mayors Caucus Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) Regional Geographies in Middle TN
    • 5. nashvillempo.org Population Growth, Middle Tennessee Robertson Sumner Wilson Rutherford Williamson Maury Dickson Cheatham Montgomery Davidson
    • 6. nashvillempo.org How will our Region Grow?
    • 7. nashvillempo.org Population Growth, Middle Tennessee - 500,000 1,000,000 1,500,000 2,000,000 2,500,000 3,000,000 1965 750,000 2000 1,450,000 2008 1,700,000 2035 2,600,000 Denver Region (2.5 million) Austin Region, Charlotte Region (1.7 million) Portland (OR) Region (2.2 million) Seattle Region (3.3 million) 10-County CRT Region Other regions (MSA)
    • 8. nashvillempo.orgSource: U.S. Census Bureau, Woods & Poole Economics YEAR MPO DAVIDSON MAURY ROBERTSON RUTHERFORD SUMNER WILLIAMSON WILSON People 2008 1,458,979 626,144 81,938 64,898 249,270 155,474 171,452 109,803 2015 1,637,000 654,879 89,371 73,949 288,734 172,232 229,052 128,783 2035 2,174,914 752,326 114,005 101,324 409,986 223,124 387,970 186,179 ROBERTSON 4% MAURY 6% RUTHERFORD 17% WILSON 8% WILLIAMSON 12% SUMNER 11% DAVIDSON 42% 2008 2035 Population Growth, MPO Counties
    • 9. nashvillempo.orgSource: U.S. Census Bureau, Woods & Poole Economics Increasing Diversity 15% 17% 19% 20% 20% 1% 3% 7% 11% 10% 11% 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 1990 2000 2010 2035 Non-White, Non-Hispanic Hispanic 65 Years of Age or Older Race, Ethnicity, Age
    • 10. nashvillempo.org Census for 1960 and 2000, 2025 adapted from Martha Farnsworth Riche, How Changes in the Nation’s Age and Household Structure Will Reshape Housing Demand in the 21st Century, HUD, 2003. Increasing Diversity 48% 33% 28% 52% 67% 72% 13% 26% 28% 1960 2000 2025 With Children Without Children Single Person Household Composition
    • 11. nashvillempo.org 1965 Development Pattern Properties affected by development in 1965
    • 12. nashvillempo.org 2009 Development Pattern Properties affected by current development
    • 13. nashvillempo.org 2035 Development Pattern - Projected Properties affected by current & future development
    • 14. nashvillempo.org Market and Policy Driven Forecasting Environmental Constraints Land Use Policy Suitability Analysis Growth Policy
    • 15. nashvillempo.org Growth’s Impact on our Transportation System
    • 16. nashvillempo.org Today’s Congestion Nashville Gallatin Lebanon Murfreesboro Franklin Clarksville Columbia
    • 17. nashvillempo.org 2035 Congestion, Projected Nashville Gallatin Lebanon Murfreesboro Franklin Clarksville Columbia
    • 18. nashvillempo.org Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) Urban Mobility Report, 2009 Nashville-Davidson Urbanized Area Cost of Congestion (wasted fuel and time): $ 426 Million, Annually $ 10.65 Billion, over next 25 years
    • 19. nashvillempo.orgSource: Driven Apart (CEO for Cities)
    • 20. nashvillempo.org Source: Driven Apart (CEO for Cities), TTI Urban Mobility Report, 2009
    • 21. nashvillempo.orgSource: Center for Neighborhood Technology Housing + Transportation Affordability Index (http://www.htaindex.org/)
    • 22. nashvillempo.org How Should We Invest in Our Future?
    • 23. nashvillempo.org Public Opinion Data - National (National telephone survey of 800 registered voters: 700 landline interviews & 100 cell phone interviews.)
    • 24. nashvillempo.org Public Opinion Data - National (National telephone survey of 800 registered voters: 700 landline interviews & 100 cell phone interviews.)
    • 25. nashvillempo.org Public Opinion Data - National HNTB America THINKS survey
    • 26. nashvillempo.org Americans Want to Walk More DK/Refuse 5% Drive 41% Walk more 55% Which of the following statements describe you more? A) If it were possible, I would like to walk more throughout the day either to get to specific places or for exercise, or B) I prefer to drive my car wherever I go?
    • 27. nashvillempo.org Americans Want New Solutions for Congestion What is the best long-term solution to traffic? Which one of the following proposals is the best long-term solution to reducing traffic in your state: build new roads, improve public transportation, such as trains, buses & light rail, or develop communities where people don’t have to drive long distances to work or shop? Build new roads, 25% Develop communities, 31% DK/Refuse, 8% Improve public transportation, 35%
    • 28. nashvillempo.org “I have traveled all over this country…and everywhere I go, people want better options. Options that offer reduced greenhouse-gas emissions. Options that offer reduced fuel-consumption. Options that offer better health. Options that bring communities together. Now, let me make this absolutely clear: I never said we would stop repairing, maintaining, and –yes– even expanding roadways. I said only that it's time to stop assuming that putting more cars on more roads is the best way to move people around more effectively.” – U.S. DOT Secretary Ray LaHood U.S. DOT Responding to Public Demand
    • 29. nashvillempo.org Middle TN Public Opinions Current transportation Middle Tennessee residents are most satisfied with: the maintenance of roadways in their area (63%) overall levels of roadway congestion in their area (54%) Middle Tennessee residents are least satisfied with: how walkable their community is (49%) how safe it is to ride a bicycle in their community (42%) availability of mass transit services in their area (29%), with lack of transit options considered the greatest problem in Middle TN, followed by lack of walking & bicycling options. Of several issues mentioned, the most important to solve was to provide alternatives to driving.
    • 30. nashvillempo.org Middle TN Public Opinions Transportation Priority  Three strategies provided for improving transportation in Middle Tennessee; respondents then asked to prioritize–  1st choice: improve and expand mass transit options  2nd choice: build new or widen existing roadways  3rd choice: make communities more walkable & bike-friendly Personal Experiences  Respondents provided with several statements about transportation and asked their level of agreement—  Walking & bicycling is a good way to get exercise (94%)  If it were safe & convenient, I’d walk or ride a bike more (64%)  If it were safe & convenient, I’d use public transit more (62%)  “At least once a week, I can’t find a ride” (12%)
    • 31. nashvillempo.org 2035 Regional Transportation Plan
    • 32. nashvillempo.org Three Major Policy Initiatives #1 A Bold, New Vision for Mass Transit
    • 33. nashvillempo.org Three Major Policy Initiatives #2 Support for Active Transportation & Walkable Communities
    • 34. nashvillempo.org Three Major Policy Initiatives #3 Preservation & Enhancement of Strategic Roadways
    • 35. nashvillempo.org A Bold, New Vision for Mass Transit
    • 36. nashvillempo.org Existing Services Bus Service Commuter Rail Park & Ride Not Shown: •Regional Vanpool Service •ADA Paratransit Service •Rural Intercity Bus Service
    • 37. nashvillempo.org
    • 38. nashvillempo.org A Bold, New Vision for Mass Transit FUTURE REGIONAL CORRIDOR SERVICE FUTURE LOCAL TRANSIT SERVICE Clarksville Nashville Franklin Murfreesboro Columbia Dickson Gallatin Lebanon Springfield
    • 39. nashvillempo.org Rapid Transit Corridors
    • 40. nashvillempo.org Rapid Rail Transit – Peers
    • 41. nashvillempo.org BUS Rapid Transit – Peers
    • 42. nashvillempo.org Regional Rapid Transit Corridors
    • 43. nashvillempo.org Northeast Corridor Rapid Transit The Streets at Indian Lake Village Traditional Office Park Transit Oriented Development
    • 44. nashvillempo.org Northeast Corridor Rapid Transit
    • 45. nashvillempo.org Denver – Urban/ Suburban Rapid Transit
    • 46. nashvillempo.org Regional Rapid Transit Corridors
    • 47. nashvillempo.org Regional Commuter Rail Corridors
    • 48. nashvillempo.org Regional Commuter Rail Corridors
    • 49. nashvillempo.org Regional Commuter Rail Corridors
    • 50. nashvillempo.org Urban Fixed Route Service
    • 51. nashvillempo.org Frequent, Safe & Comfortable Bus Service
    • 52. nashvillempo.org Frequent, Safe & Comfortable Bus Service
    • 53. nashvillempo.org Centennial Park Vanderbilt University Downtown Return of the Urban Streetcar
    • 54. nashvillempo.org Return of the Urban Streetcar
    • 55. nashvillempo.org The 2035 Plan Provides:  A bold, new vision for mass transit to communicate the region's intentions for the long-term;  Funding for upcoming corridor and circulator studies to layout more specific strategies to implement the vision;  A call to re-organize the existing RTA to take advantage of new legislation;  A call to establish dedicated funding for transit to improve operational capacity of existing agencies and to help build the vision;  $950 million in federal transit funds for the continued maintenance and modest expansion of urban transit, ridesharing, and vanpool services;  $30 million for continued support for the JARC and New Freedom programs;  10% of future U-STP for transit projects.
    • 56. nashvillempo.org Support for Active Transportation & Walkable Communities
    • 57. nashvillempo.org Support for Active Transportation
    • 58. nashvillempo.org A Vision for Future Active Transportation Bikeways Sidewalks
    • 59. nashvillempo.org  A regional, comprehensive vision for future walking and bicycling facilities;  Guidance for roadway design standards to accommodate non-motorized modes of transportation;  Support for ongoing education of the local law enforcement and the public to increase the safety of walking and bicycling;  A new emphasis on multi-modal accommodations with: 75% of proposed roadway projects with an included sidewalk, bicycle lane, or shared-use lane, 15% of future U-STP revenues set-aside for active transportation, Guidance for utilizing other available grants such as Safe Routes to School and Transportation Enhancements. The 2035 Plan Provides:
    • 60. nashvillempo.org System Preservation & Enhancement
    • 61. nashvillempo.org Strategic Roadway Corridors
    • 62. nashvillempo.org Strategic Roadway Corridors
    • 63. nashvillempo.org A regional comprehensive approach to long-term transportation programming; Guidance for local implementation of complete streets policies; More than $3.2 Billion in Roadway Projects: $2.7 billion for roadway widening $291 million for interchanges/ intersections $100 million for new roadways $85 million for roadway reconstructions $24 million for ITS & other enhancements The 2035 Plan Provides:
    • 64. nashvillempo.org Upcoming Public Involvement & Plan Adoption
    • 65. nashvillempo.org Community Conversations - 2035  Nov. 9th , 5:00-7:00 p.m., Lebanon Town Meeting Hall – with Mayors Craighead, Elam, and Hutto  Nov. 16th , 5:00-7:00 p.m., Smyrna City Hall, Council Chambers – with Mayors Bragg, Burgess, Dover, Erwin, and Tune  Nov. 29th, 5:00-7:00 p.m., Mayor Dean  Nov. 30th , 5:00-7:00 p.m., Franklin Police Dept., Community Room – with Mayors Anderson, Crossley, Dinwiddie, & Schroer
    • 66. nashvillempo.org Formal Public Review and Comment November 8 – December 12 First Public Hearing December 1 @ TCC Meeting Second Public Hearing, Adoption December 15 @ Board Meeting MORE INFO @ NashvilleMPO.org/2035 Adoption Schedule
    • 67. Livability. Sustainability. Prosperity. Diversity.

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