Mayor Cooper announces full funding for new traffic management center

Nashville will fully fund a new traffic management center with federal dollars, Mayor John Cooper announced today, as the city continues to improve neighborhood transportation and reduce drive times along busy corridors. frequented.

A $3.65 million grant — a state award in federal dollars, with no matching local funds required — will fund a technology-focused hub, where the Nashville Department of Transportation and Multimodal Infrastructure (NDOT) can better manage traffic lights, gather information about traffic flows, and share updates with drivers in real time, all to improve safety and reduce traffic congestion.

Since Nashville adopted the Metro Transportation Plan in December 2020, the city has earned eight scholarships and partnership grants, totaling nearly $44 million in less than two years.

“Today’s achievement confirms our transportation strategy: to have an adopted plan, to leverage that plan to unlock state and federal funding, and to recruit and retain experts who will focus solely on delivering results for residents,” Mayor Cooper said.

“At every step we take in our transportation plan, we have to thank the residents – nearly three thousand in all – who stepped up and contributed their ideas,” the mayor added. “It’s an example of city government doing its job: solving problems with practical, actionable strategies and bringing our community together.”

About the future traffic management center

At the hub, located at 700 Second Ave. S., NDOT engineers and technicians will use advanced traffic signal control systems, sensor-based traffic monitoring technologies and other tools to monitor traffic and better manage congestion.

The hub will be a clearinghouse for traffic flow updates, which NDOT will share in real time on dynamic roadway signs, social media,, and with partners such as the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) and other metro agencies.

“We are very grateful to TDOT for awarding us the federal CMAQ grant, and we know this new traffic management center will transform the way we manage congestion here in Nashville,” said NDOT Director Diana Alarcon. . “Our department is committed to providing residents with a comprehensive, connected transportation system, and traffic management is a major part of that.”

About the grant

TDOT selected Nashville for the grant, which is funded by the federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program. A funding agreement is now presented to the Metro Council for approval.

“Nashvillians expect and deserve their city government to make practical and steady progress on the issues that affect their daily lives,” said Burkley Allen, who serves on the Metro Board as an At-Large District Council member and has was an early proponent of the Metro. Nashville transportation map.

“Traffic and transport are high on the list of these key issues,” she added. “Today’s step forward for a traffic management center in our city shows what is possible when we focus on priorities and work together.”

Council member Zach Young — who chairs the council’s transportation and infrastructure committee — experiences Nashville’s pressing transportation needs while working as a real estate agent.

“I travel all over Nashville for work, including some of our busiest roads, like Hillsboro, Dickerson and Gallatin,” he said. “So I can fully understand that traffic has returned to pre-pandemic levels. We need to move quickly on projects like the Traffic Management Center to keep Nashville running for our residents and visitors.

About NDOT and Metro Transportation Map

Since the city adopted the Metro Nashville Transportation Plan in December 2020, Nashville has launched its first-ever local Department of Transportation and has secured nearly $44 million for transportation and infrastructure projects in neighborhoods and along highways. main corridors.

The plan — to which nearly 3,000 residents and local organizations have contributed, along with community input and ideas — is the city’s strategy to create a safe, state-of-the-art, all-mode transportation network in Nashville — everything from reduce pedestrian and traffic fatalities to build sidewalks more efficiently, repair neighborhood streets, and better connect the city’s bike paths and greenways.

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