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Connected Nashville Dimension 2: Smart Mobility

Getting around Middle Tennessee is a growing challenge. Smart Mobility focuses on accessibility and efficiency of all things related to transportation in Nashville. It prioritizes clean and non-motorized options. It includes everything from parking solutions and traffic control to enhanced options for getting around our growing community. It enlists tools that help citizens to gain and use information about available resources. And it recognizes Nashville’s connectedness to our surrounding counties and our state.

Strategies in Dimension 2, Smart Mobility

Strategy 5: Implement a Multipurpose Mobility Platform

Davidson County’s short and long-term transportation functionality is a critical factor of sustained growth. Giving residents and visitors access to a variety of transportation options will reduce environmental impact caused by driving alone, as well as ease traffic and improve quality of life. According to the April 2014 Multimodal Mobility Study conducted by the Nashville Downtown Partnership, 85% of respondents stated a preference for walking, transit or biking downtown in an ideal mobility environment. Mobile platforms can provide real-time access to information and seamless trip planning between various on-demand and shared mobility options.

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Strategy 6: Expand and Prioritize Advanced Vehicle Technologies

Traffic  congestion still costs the average Nashville driver 45 hours a year on the road (Annual Urban Mobility Scorecard, Texas A&M, 2016), and Nashville drivers lose $1,632 each year due to traffic in the form of congestion-related delays, vehicle operating costs and car crashes (TRIP Report, Tennessee Transportation by the Numbers, 2016). The key to expanding the use of available alternatives to driving is coordination of technology with expansion of multimodal infrastructure, especially around higher density growth centers, and particularly to support future incorporation of autonomous vehicles. Nashville’s nMotion plan and other recommended projects, services, and infrastructure are aligned to reduce drive-alone trips by incorporating technology.

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Strategy 7: Enhance Parking Experience

Downtown Nashville and its immediate surrounding areas host a variety of events such as sporting events, concerts, festivals and conventions. The capacity of Bridgestone Arena alone is 20,000 people, not to mention the 69,000-person capacity of Nissan Stadium. With a single sold-out venue, much less situations like this summer's simultaneous Stanley Cup playoff games and CMA Music Festival, downtown parking can be perceived as extremely limited. Part of the challenge is building awareness of available parking locations. Other challenges include lack of integrated resources, an imbalance between supply and demand, and zoning codes that can sometimes affect targets and inventory. A combined approach using technologies and policies can optimize the availability, productivity and connectivity of parking to support a comprehensive mobility system.

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Strategy 8: Enhance Transportation Corridors

Historically, Metro Nashville’s streets and transportation infrastructure have been developed to ensure speedy and safe transit for automobiles to the detriment of walkers, bikers and public transportation riders (TDOT History, ©Tennessee Department of Transportation). As an element of developing opportunities for citizens to use all transit options, creating new and updating existing physical infrastructure that has smart technology incorporated from the beginning has been shown to support a successful multimodal transportation system (Transportation in the Digital Age: Disruptive Trends for Smart Mobility, Deloitte, March 2015).

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