Music City gets a TIGER traffic signal upgrade
In Davidson Country, Tennessee, some of the traffic signals were installed when the Sony Walkman was still cutting-edge technology. Today, they don't even make parts for those signals anymore.
That's one reason why the Department of Transportation selected the Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority's traffic signal replacement project as one of this year’s TIGER recipients.
This project will modernize signal technology along two vital bus lines to maximize the number of buses that can travel their routes, getting more service out of the same roads. It's a change that benefits drivers, pedestrians, and transit riders.
Two-thirds of transit riders in Nashville rely on public transportation as their only way to get to work, school, or the doctor. By investing in traffic infrastructure, we're speeding up those trips, giving riders more time to spend at home with their families.
But we aren't just interested in making the ride shorter. We also want riders to be safer and more comfortable during their ride.
That's why this funding will also help the MTA upgrade bus shelters and provide signs that display real-time information, making transit more convenient and inviting.
Nashville is a great example of a city that is thinking long-term. With its population set to explode by 1 million new residents during the next two decades, Nashville has chosen not to be overwhelmed by that growth, but to prepare for it.
When I was there a year ago, we announced $3 million in funding for new zero-emission electric buses that will help keep the air clean now and for future generations. The region's new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service has also been a success.
And just last month we announced that the proposed Amp BRT route will be considered for FTA’s Small Starts program.
So while the Walkman has gone the way of the cassette tape, Nashville's transit will continue to flourish today and for years to come.
Peter Rogoff is Administrator of the Federal Transit Administration.