Mayor's Office of Transportation and Sustainability
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The Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Sustainability assists Mayor Barry with developing and maintaining the infrastructure that is foundational to economic development while addressing externalities from rapid growth, preserving our natural resources, and improving residents’ quality of life. This office provides leadership, accountability, and stakeholder engagement around Nashville’s push to create a modern, equitable transportation network, as well as efforts to incorporate sustainability throughout Metro Government operations and the city at-large.
The office works closely with the community to develop, coordinate, and implement sustainable transportation and growth policies for Nashville, including; the Mayor’s three-year Transportation Action Agenda, Moving the Music City; NashvilleNext, the countywide General Plan; nMotion, the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s strategic master plan; WalknBike, Metro Public Work’s Sidewalk and Bikeways master plan, and Plan to Play, the Metro Parks Department's strategic plan for parkland and greenways,
The office is currently working with and providing leadership to the Mayor’s Livable Nashville Committee to develop a vision and implementation strategy to make Nashville the greenest city in the Southeast by working together to conserve resources and increase equity of access to clean air, water, nature and amenities of a livable community. The office also works closely with citizens, the business community, and Metro departments –including Public Works, Planning, Parks, Water Services, General Services, Codes, and MTA– to update and implement Nashville’s policies and plans around transportation and sustainability.
Moving the Music City
Mayor Barry's three-year Transportation Action Agenda, Moving the Music City (Updated May 26), lays out a mayoral vision, with specific projects and programs, for transforming Nashville's streets into people-friendly public spaces - targeting improvements for transit mobility, safety, walking and bicycling, smart-city technology, maintenance, and organizational capacity. Actions fall under the umbrella strategies of: bringing MTA's nMotion plan to life, a Vision Zero traffic-safety program, repurposing streets to accommodate trips made on foot or by bicycle, maintaining existing infrastructure, and utilizing technology to more efficiently move goods and people.
Livable Nashville Committee
Mayor Barry's Livable Nashville Committee seeks to make Nashville the greenest city in the Southeast by working together to conserve resources and increase equity of access to clean air, water, nature, and the amenities of a livable community. The Committee's Draft Recommendations include goals and actions for Metro and its partners to consider implementing in the areas of: Climate and Energy, Green Buildings, Waste Reduction and Recycling, Mobility, and Natural Resources.
Based on a wide-reaching and inclusive community-input process, Nashville MTA/RTA adopted its 25-year strategic master plan, nMotion2016,which envisions a comprehensive regional system that tracks 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. Moving the Music City details Mayor Barry's vision for near-term implementation of nMotion in Davidson County, including a dedicated revenue-source for transit capital and operations. nMotion's High Capacity Briefing Book outlines the challenges and opportunities around implementing fixed-guideway rapid transit on five of Nashville's historic pikes.
Mayor Barry is committed 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, Metro's strategic plan for bicycle and pedestrian safety and mobility, WalknBike serves as a guide Metro’s current and future investments in sidewalks, street crossings, bikeways, and other improvements.
Plan to Play
Plan to Play, the strategic master plan for Metro parks and greenways, was adopted in 2017 and provides a ten-year vision to sustainably meet Nashville's needs for park land, greenways, community centers, and sports facilities. Goals and recommendations fall under the categories of: Land, Facilities, Programs, Operations, and Funding the Future
Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee
Mayor Barry's Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) advises the Mayor and her Office of Transportation and Sustainability on furthering Metro's goal of promoting bicycling and walking as a safe, convenient, accepted form of transportation. BPAC meets the third Wednesday of every other month, 4-6PM in the Development Services Conference room, first floor of the Metro Office building at 800 2nd Ave S. BPAC Meetings are open to interested citizens and offer an opportunity for public comment.
GEAR UP 2020
In partnership with the Urban Land Institute of Nashville and nationally-renowned urbanist Gabe Klein,the office published Gear Up 2020: Rapid Goal-Setting for a 21st Century Nashville in 2016, which identified a core mission and related measurable goals around infrastructure to establish collective outcomes benefiting Nashville. Stakeholders included private commercial and residential developers, Metro departments, and critical nonprofits that impact the built environment.
Metro ITS' Connected Nashville initiative focuses 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.
Conservation Assistance Fund
The Conservation Assistance Fund is a grant program to help accelerate the preservation of open and green space in Davidson County, including project proposals that preserve scenic view-sheds, supply buffer-zones to current public park assets, or protect sensitive habitats such as wildlife corridors, agricultural properties, and important natural areas. A key recommendation of the Livable Nashville Committee, the Fund will assist in increasing acreage as deemed necessary by growth in the Plan to Play strategic master plan. Applicants should work with environmental nonprofits, landowners, and Metro on targeted acquisitions and protective easements. $500,000 in grant funding is available in the Fall 2017 round.