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Infrastructure, Transportation, and Sustainability

The infrastructure team provides leadership, accountability, and stakeholder engagement around Mayor Barry’s efforts to create an efficient, equitable transportation network, including expansion of mass transit services and bicycle and pedestrian facilities. The infrastructure team also works to incorporate sustainability throughout all operations of the Metropolitan government. Mayor Barry’s Livable Nashville Committee will build upon the recommendations and accomplishments of former Mayor Karl Dean’s 2009 Green Ribbon Committee. They released their Livable Nashville Draft Recommendations in February 2017.

Mayor Barry’s infrastructure team also works closely with city departments and community stakeholders in the development, coordination, and administration of transportation and growth policies for Nashville, including adherence to and implementation of NashvilleNext, the city’s 25-year comprehensive General Plan which guides growth and development countywide; nMotion, the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) and Regional Transportation Authority’s (MTA) strategic master plan; WalknBike, Metro’s strategic master plan for sidewalks and bikeways; as well as a major 2016 update to Metro’s Parks and Greenways Master Plan.

Related projects include:

nMotion – Based on a wide-reaching and inclusive community-input process, Nashville MTA/RTA has published three possible scenarios for its new 25-year strategic master plan, nMotion2016, ranging from a comprehensive regional system to modest improvements that track with population growth. The community had the opportunity to weigh in with priorities and preferences for how the Middle Tennessee region should invest in mass transit service and infrastructure over the short, mid, and long-term.

WalknBike – Mayor Barry has committed to to improving the environment for walking and bicycling in Nashville, connecting people to opportunity on a network of high-quality, comfortable, safe sidewalks and bikeways. An outgrowth of the Access Nashville 2040 transportation plan, WalknBike will guide Metro’s investments in sidewalks, street crossings, bikeways, and other improvements.

GEAR UP 2020 – In partnership with the Urban Land Institute of Nashville and nationally-renowned urbanist Gabe Klein, Mayor Barry’s GEAR UP 2020 initiative is working to identify a core mission and related measurable goals around infrastructure that will establish collective outcomes benefiting Nashville as a whole. Major stakeholders include private commercial and residential developers, Metro departments, and critical nonprofits that impact the built environment.

Smart Cities – Mayor Barry’s Smart City Working Group will focus on improving the efficiency of city operations through the integration of data and technology, building upon Nashville’s robust application to the USDOT Smart City Challenge.

Intersection Improvement Program – To help improve both safety and mobility for all modes of transportation on Nashville’s streets, Mayor Barry’s intersection improvement program will design and install safety features, road realignments, new medians, road reconstruction, sidewalks and crosswalks, ADA-compliant ramps, streetlight improvements, traffic signal upgrades, and restriping for bicycle accommodation at key intersections throughout the county with a demonstrated need. Read more about the intersection improvement program.

Traffic-Signal Optimization – Metro Public Works is implementing new timing plans for 560 intersections on 19 major arteries throughout the county in order to relieve traffic congestion and improve mobility for cars, buses, and pedestrians.

Staff Directory

Hafkenschiel, Erin
Director of Transportation and Sustainability
Ikard, APR, Mary Beth
Transportation & Sustainability Manager