New study aims to understand what Nashvillians want in mobility, transit

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Posted at 2:55 PM, May 09, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-09 23:05:18-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Thousands continue to make the move to Nashville. Unfortunately, sometimes being a city on the rise means a few growing pains — like keeping up with the demand for transportation and mobility.

That's why the Nashville Department of Transportation, Tennessee Department of Transportation, WeGo and the Nashville Downtown Partnership are joining forces for a study called Connect Downtown.

It will look at how Nashville's downtown core can improve for those who need to get around.

"It's a transportation study that's looking at how we move around in downtown and ways to improve it," said Tanisha Hall, a member of Connect Downtown's consulting team.

This includes studying traffic, walking, biking and public transportation.

But those organizing the study want help, and they hopeNashvillians can participate in an online survey.

"We see so much growth, we see so much activity happening in downtown- if we don't do it now it's just kicking the can down the road a little bit further," said Hall.

The survey looks at different methods of transportation used by locals, the top priorities for commuters and what areas of downtown are of highest concern.

"It's just extremely important for everyone, and I mean everyone, to get involved in this process, because we want to make sure that the recommendations that are made, they make sense for how we use our city," said Tanisha Hall, of Connect Downtown's consulting team.

The Connect Downtown study will take about a year and a half to complete.

Organizers will also host several focus groups and community meetings throughout the year.