Funds awarded for Enterprise South transit service

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority was awarded $1.7 million in state funds to begin working on transit service to the Enterprise South Industrial Park. CARTA plans to create four designated routes to and from Enterprise South.

The three-year pilot program would also connect riders to its main line, Cleveland Transit and public transit services provided by the Southeast Tennessee Human Resource Agency. Executive Director Lisa Maragnano said the service will be up and running sometime next year. 

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Franklin seeks plan to fix Cool Springs traffic woes

Wednesday, August 06, 2014
Faced with the certainty of Cool Springs’ traffic worsening in the next decade, Franklin traffic planners are pushing ahead with the city’s first-ever multi-modal transportation plan specifically for its retail and office area.

“With economic growth comes opportunities to study and implement effective shared mobility options that will be of benefit to the area,” said Debbie Henry, executive director for the TMA Group, in a statement.

Early proposals for improving traffic flow will explore ridesharing, including van pooling and carpooling, a transit fixed-route and express bus service, park and ride facilities, and a pedestrian/bicycle system.

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New lawsuits put small railroad money again in jeopardy

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Tennessee's small branch rail lines — including the one that carries the Music City Star commuter trains — are at risk over a new funding crisis, their supporters say.

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MTA taps ex-Pittsburgh transit leader as CEO

Thursday, July 17, 2014
The Metro Transit Authority Board of Directors today approved the hiring of public transit industry veteran Stephen G. Bland to serve as CEO, effective Aug. 25.

Bland replaces Paul J. Ballard, who is now with the Fort Worth Transportation Authority as president and CEO.

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Spring Hill mulls rail transportation to Nashville

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Rail transit to Nashville could be the future for Spring Hill commuters.  With Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization readying to call for projects from members, Assistant City Administrator Dan Allen said the city of Spring Hill might want to consider commuter rail lines to ease local traffic congestion and provide more direct connections to Franklin and Nashville.

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Sen. Corker proposes gas tax hike

Thursday, June 19, 2014
Sen. Bob Corker announced today a bipartisan plan to help pay for roads and highway programs by raising federal gasoline and diesel taxes for the first time in more than two decades.

Corker, who joined in the proposal with Sen. Chris Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat, proposed raising the taxes by 12 cents over the next two years. After that, the tax would be tied to inflation to avoid future shortfalls.

Read more from the Tennessean here.

Chattanooga eyes $35 million light rail system

Sunday, May 11, 2014
Rail travel in Chattanooga could be poised for a comeback if a plan to resurrect the city's underused infrastructure passes muster with the U.S. Department of Transportation. 

Read more here.

Nashville bus rapid transit on track for funds

Monday, August 12, 2013
Metro transit officials are one step closer in their bid to secure up to $75 million in funding for the proposed bus rapid transit line.

Last week, federal transit officials alerted the Metropolitan Transit Authority that the $174 million bus rapid transit line, dubbed The Amp, had been approved for the next phase of the application process.

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Get on the Bus

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

When it comes to moving large numbers of people efficiently through urban areas, it’s hard to beat good old-fashioned heavy rail subways and metro lines. But these projects come at a steep price, especially in the United States, and don’t make sense in many areas. Yet, politicians looking for cheaper options too often fall for the superficial idea that anything that runs on train tracks must be a good idea. The smarter strategy in many cases is to look instead at the numerically dominant form of mass transit—the humble bus—and ask what can be done to make it less humble. 

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Give AMP idea a fair turn to solve traffic issues

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

One of the questions I get asked a lot these days is what I think of the Amp, Mayor Karl Dean’s proposed rapid bus route along West End Avenue from White Bridge Road to East Nashville.  Read more here.