Mayor's Office of Transportation and Sustainability
Mayor Briley is committed to developing and maintaining the infrastructure that is foundational to economic development while addressing externalities from rapid growth, preserving our natural resources, and improving quality-of-life. Staff 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: 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,
Staff 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.
Metro and Mayor David Briley have partnered with private, philanthropic and nonprofit organizations to plant and care for 500,000 trees across Nashville by 2050. An outgrowth of Metro’s Livable Nashville sustainability plan, the Root Nashville: Plant a Tree, Grow Our City campaign is designed to increase the city’s tree canopy and create a more equitable distribution of the health and sustainability benefits of urban trees across all neighborhoods.
Livable Nashville Committee
In 2017, the Livable Nashville Committee recommended an updated set of goals and strategies to make Nashville the greenest city in the Southeast by collaborating to conserve resources and increase equity-of-access to clean air, water, nature, and the amenities of a livable community. The Committee's report outlined 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. The plan’s umbrella climate-mitigation recommendation is a 20 percent reduction in Metro Government greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 (40% by 2030; 80% by 2050); and a ten percent reduction in Nashville’s [community-scale] emissions by 2020 (30% by 2030; 70% by 2050).
Based on a wide-reaching and inclusive community-input process, Nashville MTA/RTA adopted its 25-year strategic master plan, nMotion, which envisions a comprehensive regional transit 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. nMotion's High Capacity Transit Briefing Book outlines the challenges and opportunities around implementing fixed-guideway rapid transit on five of Nashville's historic pikes.
As an avid cyclist himself, Mayor Briley 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 the guide for 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 and Pedestrian Advisory Committee
Mayor Briley's Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) advises the Mayor on furthering Metro's goal of promoting bicycling and walking as a safe, convenient, accepted form of transportation. The committee meets the third Wednesday of every other month, 4–6 p.m. in the Development Services Conference room, first floor of the Metro Office building at 800 2nd Ave S. 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 Mayor's 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.