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Multimodal Mobility Study

09/30/14

NASHVILLE, TN – The Multimodal Mobility Study was completed in September 2014. A total of 79 short-, mid- and long-term projects, policies and strategies were identified in the study which was conducted to establish a mobility action plan for all modes of transportation in the Nashville region for the next 10 years.

Extensive data collection efforts included study of over 100 intersections, on-street and off-street parking supply and demand counts on over 200 downtown blocks, counts on all major entry and exit points for downtown, and an infrastructure inventory that included sidewalk widths, presence of bicycle facilities and transit stop amenities.

Public input included an online customer survey, multiple stakeholder interviews, and 3 public open house events held at various stages of the project to present the project’s progress and give an opportunity for both input and feedback.

The customer survey resulted in approximately 400 respondents who answered questions regarding their experience traveling in and around downtown Nashville. The survey revealed that parking and traffic congestion were the 2 main mobility challenges while a vast majority of the respondents preferred to walk or take a bus to travel in the downtown area. The respondents pointed out that the high price of parking was their primary parking concern while traffic progression and flow were their main traffic concerns. With regards to pedestrian issues, conflict with vehicles was the biggest issue identified in the survey results. Bicycle related responses also highlighted issues such as conflicts with vehicles as well as inadequate bicycle facilities and poor connections to/from downtown. As for transit service, infrequency of service was raised as the primary concern.

Stakeholder interviews included representatives from organizations including the Downtown Partnership, Chamber of Commerce, Music City Center, Metro Police Department, Walk/Bike Nashville, Metro Transportation and Licensing Commission, Metro Transit Authority, and others.

The public open houses held to solicit input from the general public yielded comments and recommendations that were incorporated in the final recommended projects and policies.

The implementation of the recommendations outlined in the Multimodal Mobility Study is designed to improve the mobility environment for downtown Nashville. These recommendations provide direction for Metro Nashville to effectively accommodate the mobility needs of all users as the economic vitality of the region continues to expand in the future.”

05/01/14

NASHVILLE, TN – Metro Public Works hosted a 3rd informational Open House to update the public about the ongoing Multimodal Mobility Study on Tuesday, April 29. The Open House was held at the Downtown Nashville Partnership located at 150 4th Avenue North, from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Nashville residents, businesses, employees, and visitors attended.

Team members presented study recommendations for public input. During the 1st Open House, held this past October, Nashvillians were invited to take part in an online survey about transportation. Over 390 respondents took the survey and preliminary recommendations were presented on Jan 30 at the open house. Results of the existing condition analysis, review of development scenarios, and mobility impacts of growth in the downtown area were also presented.  Metro Public Works hosted a 2nd informational Open House to update the public about the ongoing Multimodal Mobility Study on Thursday, January 30.

The study is projected to be completed in May, 2014. Study recommendations presented at the 3rd Open House are posted.

The Multimodal Mobility Study will provide comprehensive strategies for achieving an optimum balance of transit service and taxi/limousine services, bicycling, walking and automobile circulation and parking. The study focuses on the downtown area and will be integrated with other plans for the region, including the Strategic Transit Master Plan, Music City Center Vision Plan and the MPO Regional Transportation Plan to ensure a cohesive and reliable strategy for the most effective mobility for the region.  For additional information about the project or to submit comments, contact Jonathan Cleghon, Metro Public Works Project Engineer: 615-862-8595 or email: Jonathan.Cleghon@nashville.gov. Media questions can be directed to Jenna Smith, Public Works Public Information Officer: 615-880-2439 or email: Jenna.Smith@nashville.gov.