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Transportation in Davidson County

front cover of Access Nashville 2040 document

Transportation'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.

Access Nashville 2040, the transportation component of the NashvilleNext long-range plan, addresses issues of land use, development, mobility, and environmental preservation as it guides public and private investment and planners’ decisions related to the city’s transportation system.

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

Several more specific plans addressing the street network, bicycle/pedestrian mobility, parks and greenways, and mass transit are posted on our Local Plans page.

Studies and research currently underway are posted on our Local Studies page.

Please contact our Multimodal Transportation Planning and Programming division with comments and questions:

Michael Briggs AICP, manager 615-862-7219
Peter Bird, active transportation planner 615-862-7174
Elwyn Gonzalez AICP, transportation planner 615-862-7163

Metropolitan Planning Organization

Metropolitan Planning Organization logo

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.