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Let’s Move Nashville: Metro’s Transportation Solution Timeline

June 2015
Metro Planning Commission adopts NashvilleNext, strategic plan for Davidson County growth with focus on improving transit.

Metro Transit Authority & Regional Transportation Authority of Middle Tennessee partner to develop nMotion: 25-year transit plan for Davidson and collar counties informed by > 20,000 inputs from public.

September 2016
MTA and RTA Boards adopt nMotion.

April 2017
Gov. Bill Haslam and TN Legislature pass IMPROVE Act that 1) increases funds for roadway projects, 2) allows voters to support funding for local transit plans.

October 2017

  • Mayor Barry releases Let’s Move Nashville: Metro’s Transportation Solution.
  • Metro asks for public’s input.
  • Kraft CPA firm selected to independently review plan’s financing.

November 2017
Metro holds community meetings throughout county.

December 2017
Kraft CPA to review plan’s financial feasibility.

January 2018
Metro Council to consider proposed transit ordinance.

February 6, 2018
Metro Council to vote on placing transit plan on ballot.

May 1, 2018
Date of election if Metro places referendum on ballot.

First 5 years (2018-2022)

Fall 2018

  • Begin implementation of Frequent Transit Network with expanded service hours: 5:15 a.m. to 1:15 a.m. Monday – Saturday and 6:15 a.m. to 10:15 p.m. Sunday
    • 10 routes on Frequent Transit Network:
      • West End
      • Shelby
      • Hillsboro
      • Charlotte
      • Murfreesboro
      • Bordeaux
      • Dickerson
      • Gallatin
      • Nolensville
      • Music City Circuit - Riverfront Station and the Gulch through Downtown to TSU/North Nashville
  • AccessRide Real-Time Information/Advance Call-In Reservations available.
  • AccessRide to begin integration with outside taxi providers, TNC’s, and other private providers.
  • Consistent regional brand developed
  • Countywide roadway and intersection improvements will start to be implemented. These include:
    • new crosswalks
    • realigned intersections
    • traffic signal updates and equipment upgrades
    • neighborhood traffic calming
    • school zone traffic control

Spring 2019

  • AccessRide to offer same-day service.
  • First 4 Neighborhood Transit Centers to begin construction, adding 4 more each year through 2023 at the following locations:
    • Rivergate Mall/Gallatin
    • Madison
    • Dickerson
    • Opry Mills/Music Valley Village
    • North Nashville
    • TSU
    • Midtown
    • Hermitage
    • Donelson
    • Nashville Airport
    • 100 Oaks Mall
    • Harding Place
    • Hillsboro/Green Hills
    • White Bridge
    • Charlotte
    • Bellevue
    • Hickory Plaza
    • Hickory Hollow/Global Mall
    • Bell Rd

Fall 2019

  • Implementation of frequency (buses that arrive at least every 15 min) improvements for the Frequent Transit Network on the 10 highest ridership routes (see routes above).
  • Bus frequency and span expansion to start on local routes, including:
    • Lebanon
    • 8th Avenue South
    • MetroCenter
    • Whites Creek
    • 12th Avenue South
    • Airport/Elm Hill Pike
    • Herman
    • Meridian
    • McFerrin
    • Opry Mills
    • Cecilia/Cumberland
    • Madison Connector
  • Routes to expand to newly developing areas.
  • New Crosstown routes added:
    • Trinity
    • Edgehill
    • Bell Road
    • Airport-Opry Mills
  • Wifi to be available on buses and in stations.
  • Install up to 100 digital signs at various bus stops.
  • Open payment systems that will allow seamless payments with other modes (e.g. parking, TNCs, carshare, bikeshare).
  • Individual account-based payment systems to allow for third-party fare subsidy.


  • 4 new Park-and-Ride facilities to be constructed.
  • Mobility-on-Demand zones to be launched throughout county.
    • On-demand technology also to provide “first-mile/last-mile” integrated connections. (“First-mile/last-mile” refers to legs of trip to get from home to transit stop and from transit stop to final destination.)

Second 5 years (2023-2027)

Rapid Bus service to open on 4 of county’s busiest corridors:

  • Dickerson Road
  • Hillsboro Road
  • West End Avenue
  • The Bordeaux Route.

First light rail (LRT) line to open along Gallatin Road.

Downtown tunnel to open and begin operation for both light rail trains and rapid bus corridors.

Last 5 years (2028-2032)

Music City Star improvements to be completed, including:

  • Positive Train Control (PTC)
  • increased service frequency
  • longer span of hours

Entire transit system – including 4 additional light rail lines along Charlotte Avenue, Nolensville Road, the Northwest Corridor, and Murfreesboro Road out to the airport – to be completed.