We think Equity, Safety, Resiliency & Quality should be the four-part foundation for transportation decision-making in Metro Nashville:
Transportation projects should be prioritized in order to create and improve opportunities for people of color and low-income Nashvillians who benefit most from improved access to affordable, high quality transportation options.
Transportation investments should be of equal quality in all neighborhoods, and those investments should be prioritized in neighborhoods of color and low-income neighborhoods.
Nashville’s transportation system should provide all Nashvillians with access to good jobs, education opportunities, community spaces, and leisure activities by a diverse array of transportation options.
Transportation construction, maintenance, and operations should generate jobs with fair wages and benefits, no matter whether those jobs are with Metro or its contractors.
All Nashvillians should have access to transportation options that are affordable to use and therefore as affordable as possible for Metro to build.
Nashville’s increasingly diverse transportation options should be accessible to all Nashvillians and visitors, including people with disabilities.
All Metro departments that deal with transportation (Planning, Public Works, MTA, and Parks) should adopt statements of how equity informs budget and project selection in their work.
Ensuring safety for Nashvillians of all ages should be the highest priority for designs and redesigns of Metro’s streets and transportation infrastructure.
People should feel safe traveling in Nashville on any mode of transportation.
Streets should be designed in a way that prioritizes people walking, then those riding the bus or bicycling, and then those driving.
Any traffic fatalities and severe injuries endured in Nashville’s transportation network are too many, and it is worth slowing down vehicles to eliminate those fatalities and injuries.
The transportation system is already the largest source of pollution in Nashville, and the region’s sustained growth will depend on our ability to prioritize the transportation modes that make the best use of our limited streetspace: walking, biking, and public transit.
Single-occupancy vehicle trips and pollution from the transportation system should be minimized by prioritizing investment in walking, bicycling, and public transit infrastructure, and by accelerating the electrification of all transportation modes.
Metro and the Nashville region’s future growth in travel demand will be best accommodated on high-efficiency transportation modes including transit, walking, and bicycling.
Metro transportation projects will be stronger when they are built on a foundation of outreach to, actively-solicited input from, and trust and transparency with the communities who benefit from and/or may be adversely impacted by those projects.
Transportation investments are worth little when they fail to allow people to move quickly and reliably through busy city streets. Nashville’s streets should be designed to prioritize moving and serving people.
Nashville’s streets belong to its residents, and those streets’ space should be allocated to prioritize efficiently moving people, not maximizing or preserving “average daily traffic” or parking for single occupancy vehicles.
All transportation options should provide users with reliable travel times and up-to-date, machine readable, and public digital information on availability (e.g., for real-time transit arrival times and street closures).
Nashville’s streets should be vibrant, beautiful spaces where people want to spend time.