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Transportation in Davidson County

front cover of Access Nashville 2040 transportation reportTransportation's about more than streets and highways - our planners work to create and sustain active, pedestrian-oriented, mixed-use environments, addressing the needs of walkers and cyclists as well as drivers. Implementation tools such as The Major and Collector Street Plan (MCSP) and Access Nashville 2040 are comprehensive plans for guiding public and private investment in the major streets that make up the backbone of the city’s transportation system.

State and local law recognize the need for orderly development and charges planning commissions with creating community plans. Land use planning and transportation planning are intricately connected, making our Local Transportation Plan an important component of planning for orderly and more predictable development. Additionally, these plans a necessary because transportation decisions are crucial to Nashville/Davidson County’s long-term economic, social and environmental sustainability.

While the link between effective mobility and economic development is clear, the adopted NashvilleNext plan and, increasingly, community stakeholders demand that the impact of transportation choices on the environment and on the health of communities be considered as well. Access Nashville 2040 considers land use objectives, mobility objectives, desired rural, suburban and urban development patterns and the built and natural environment to effectively shape Metro’s transportation system.

Access Nashville 2040 is one of the functional plans of the General Plan, and guides planning for the future transportation network in Metro Nashville-Davidson County. It outlines broad principles and strategies for improving transportation in Nashville-Davidson County. Its component parts (plans for transit, sidewalks and bikeways, and streets) give specific guidance on how to improve individual streets.

Land use and transportation are comprehensively addressed through the guiding principles and strategies of Access Nashville 2040. All transportation improvements should:

  • Create a place with efficient community form and transportation choices
  • Offer meaningful transportation choices
  • Sustain and enhance the economy
  • Increase safety and resiliency
  • Improve human health and the environment
  • Ensure financial responsibility
  • Make decisions equitably
  • Address transportation from a regional perspective

Access Nashville 2040 includes component plans which guide transit, street, bicycle, and pedestrian infrastructure investments.

Metropolitan Planning Organization

Metropolitan Planning Organization

The Planning Department also hosts the Metropolitan Planning Organization, or "MPO," which provides long-range transportation planning for cities and counties across Middle Tennessee. The Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is committed to providing leadership to the region in the planning, funding, and development of a regional multi-modal transportation system; one that promotes personal and social economic prosperity while encouraging sustainable growth and development practices to protect and preserve valuable community and natural assets.

Together, our local planners and the MPO develop plans and strategies aimed at building efficient, sustainable, and accessible transportation systems in the city and the region.