Transportation Planning Meeting

I received this from the Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization.  FYI…

Rutherford County Mayors to Host Community Conversation with Area Citizens on Landmark Regional Transportation Plan

Rutherford County’s political leaders Mayors Bragg, Burgess, Dover, Erwin, & Tune in partnership with the Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, invite their constituents to learn more about major regional transportation planning efforts and important changes to public policy therein, at a “Community Conversation” next week tomorrow. Members of the public will have the opportunity to hear an in-depth presentation and submit questions and comments on proposed infrastructure investments to support the overall livability, sustainability, prosperity and diversity of the region, as well as that of Rutherford County.

WHO:  Murfreesboro Mayor Tommy Bragg, Rutherford County Mayor Ernest Burgess, Smyrna Mayor Tony Dover, LaVergne Mayor Ronnie Erwin, Eagleville Mayor Sam Tune; city & county planners; transportation planning professionals with the Nashville Area MPO; Rutherford County citizens, business & community leaders; representative from the Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee.

WHAT:  Community Conversation led by local political leaders and planning experts on short, mid, long-term transportation improvements for both Rutherford County & the Middle Tennessee region as a whole.

WHEN: Tues., Nov. 16th, 2010; 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

5:00-5:30 p.m. Open House with refreshments served; 2035 Plan visuals on display for public consumption and conversation with MPO planning staff.

5:30-7:00 p.m.  Presentation of 2035 Regional Transportation Plan (major policy initiatives) to Rutherford Co. residents, with commentary from Mayors Bragg, Burgess, Dover, Erwin and Tune, followed by Q&A.

WHERE: Smyrna City Hall, Council Chambers, 315 S. Lowry Street; Smyrna, Tenn. 37167

WHY: Governed by mayors & county executives from five-plus Middle Tennessee counties, the Nashville Area MPO is currently finalizing a major update to its multi-billion dollar regional transportation plan that includes a vast scope of federally-funded transportation projects. The MPO sets aside money for projects that support significant policy initiatives such as mass transit including modernized options for Middle Tennessee such as streetcar or Bus Rapid Transit, as well as walkable/bikeable communities, and roadway technologies to keep people & goods moving through the region.

The plan depicts an innovative vision for regional transportation, but must also establish a path to realistic financial feasibility. As fuel prices rise, and demand for energy independence scenarios continue, what happens in the transportation sector is critical to everything from regional quality-of-life, to business and job recruitment and retention. This region is also expected to grow by another one million people over the next two decades; the plan presented on Nov. 9th attempts to address how those people might commute or use our transportation system to carry out their daily activities.

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