nMotion is now the official transit plan

nMotion, the far-reaching plan to expand transit throughout both Davidson County and its neighbors, has been adopted by the boards of both the MTA (local) and RTA (regional) boards.  The members of these boards both voted unanimously to go with the plan after a month of public input that saw almost a thousand comments come in.

“The adoption of this plan is the first step in building a meaningful and equitable public transit network that addresses the anticipated growth in Nashville and Middle Tennessee over the next 25 years,” said MTA Board Chair Gail Williams. “The plan identifies specific strategic actions Nashville and the region needs to take to begin working on the growing traffic and congestion. It is a historic day for public transit and the citizens in our community. Additionally my thanks to the many members of the community that engaged in this process to improve transit for all.”

In the near term, the MTA and RTA will begin simplifying their services through such steps as improved fare payment systems and a unified brand.

Earlier: MTA and RTA aim to increase ridership 430% with ambitious nMotion planNew Ideas for Transit: Right Now

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Nashville Transit Triathalon

This morning, Mayor Barry and some very-committed community members boarded the bus to participate in the Nashville Transit Triathlon.  This is the only time I’ve ever seen the MTA allow people to bring bikes on board the bus (and a guy next to them who just doesn’t care):

After the leg on the 56, participants walked to the Five Points B-Cycle station, then rode bikes back towards East Park:

Earlier: Three of Nashville’s grand visions will be on display in Nashville Transit Triathlon this weekend

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Three of Nashville’s grand visions will be on display in Nashville Transit Triathlon this weekend

Nashville has three big plans for improvements around the city: nMotion, for public transit; WalknBike, for sidewalks and bikeways; and Plan to Play, for parks and greenways.  And Mayor Barry will be showcasing those three plans this Saturday at 11:15 AM as she travels East Nashville (and a little bit of downtown) using three different non-car modes.  She (and a whole bunch of other people) will start at Music City Central, riding the 11 AM route 56 to Five Points Station.  Then, she’ll hoof it over to the B-Cycle station a few blocks away, where she’ll check out a bike and ride it to East Park.

I should mention that there is no B-Cycle station at East Park, so how people are supposed to re-dock their rented bikes when they get there, I’m not sure (there are only two B-Cycle stations in the whole of East Nashville, aside from one at Titans Stadium).

The event at East Park runs from 11 to 1 and will feature a number of different displays, including the chance to comment on any of the three plans.  And, there’s free food.

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MTA and RTA aim to increase ridership 430% with ambitious nMotion plan

This morning, MTA’s strategic plan was released to the public, and it is ambitious.  The plan covers a span of 25 years and includes the development of light rail and additional commuter rail, in addition to much better bus service.

In the shorter term, though, the plan will make incremental improvements.  Over the next five years, nMotion’s plan hopes to increase the frequency and service hours of existing service of existing routes while adding more crosstown routes.  They’d also like to make some of the routes traveling into downtown continue on to the other side of town — in essence, just combining routes that run on opposite sides of the city center.  There are also plans to improve fare payment, which I wrote about earlier, and the agency would like to improve service for AccessRide customers.

Regionally, the nMotion planners intend to create better bus service to the suburbs.  They would like to adopt bus-on-shoulder travel, dedicated bus lanes, and more trips.

Within about 15 years, the nMotion plan states that ground should be broken on light rail projects.  They also expect that by then they will be able to provide quick service through downtown, where buses currently average just 6 MPH during afternoon rush hour.

Over the next several days, we’ll go into more detail on specific recommendations of the plan.  If you just can’t wait, though, you can read the whole thing for yourself at the nMotion website.

Earlier: New Ideas for Transit: Right Now

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New Ideas for Transit: Right Now

At the MTA board meeting this afternoon, many reporters are tweeting about the ideas being presented for moving our regional transit system forward to cope with the growing population.  NMotion is an initiative formed after Mayor Dean’s Amp bus service was defeated at the ballot box.

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