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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).

Strategic Actions

  1. Use data to establish baseline for performance along key corridors and between growth centers.
  2. Implement guidelines for making transportation system decisions according to priority placed on increasing technology and infrastructure to support the following ordered list: 1) walking, bicycling, transit, 2) fleets of electric, fully automated, multiple passenger vehicles, 3) other shared vehicles, 4) vehicles used to deliver goods and freight and 5) low or no occupancy vehicles.
  3. Establish zoning regulations that promote mixed-use infill and transit-oriented development and deemphasize zoning requirements centered on automobiles, such as removing parking minimums.
  4. Promote flex lanes to strategically re-purpose right-of-way for traffic flow, transit, deliveries and other modes of mobility or activity, such as during one of Nashville’s many special events.
  5. Incorporate features in existing or new mobile apps and web-based interfaces that promote incentives and alternatives to driving alone.
  6. Incorporate into a web and mobile app the means to simplify and promote the MTA EasyRide corporate commuter benefits partnership program, as well as B-cycle memberships for business.
  7. Enhance built environment along corridors with hardware that interacts in real time with all modes of travel; include feedback from low-cost sensors in landscaping and smart LED street lights.
  8. Extend the traffic signal timing system and traffic management system beyond current extent to additional corridors and secondary streets.
  9. Pilot use of and deploy traffic flow sensors that can contribute to traffic flow and cycle traffic lights dependent upon the situation.
  10. Create parking districts in priority growth areas with revenues reinvested locally to support enhanced streetscaping and beautification efforts.

Case Study

Category: Corridor Enhancements

Creating and Connecting Diverse, Transit-friendly Communities

The Indianapolis Smart Corridors initiative includes automation of bus rapid transit (BRT) & car share routes, intelligent infrastructure & Intelligent Traffic Systems (ITS) and real-time data & dynamic modeling to manage travel demand. The City of Indianapolis has established a set of Multimodal Corridor and Public Space Design Guidelines that guide planning focused on using technology to support all modes of transportation, with seamless transitions from one mode to another.

Learn: Indianapolis Smart Corridors

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