Regional Council will gather local leaders to discuss future investments in mobility technology

Regional Council will gather local leaders to discuss future investments in mobility technology


Local leaders from the participating cities of Nashville, Franklin, Brentwood, Spring Hill, Columbia, Thompsons Station, Mt. Juliet, Lebanon, Murfreesboro, LaVergne, Smyrna, Gallatin, Hendersonville, and Springfield will gather Friday morning to examine smart mobility applications across the region and assess priorities for implementing future technology investments.

The Greater Nashville Regional Council (GNRC), supported by leading design and engineering firm Stantec, will host the “Design Spark” half-day workshop beginning at 8 a.m. on May 31 at the Adventure Science Center near Fort Negley in Nashville.

The region’s first Regional Smart Mobility Assessment is meant to inform the implementation of future investments in mobility technology. This effort will identify characteristics of connected systems, assess how they will interface with multimodal systems, and address data sharing among cities, counties and the state, as well as identify privacy concerns of the public.

Stantec, the lead consultant for the GNRC’s Regional Smart Mobility Assessment, hosted an initial session in early 2018 on smart mobility and resiliency. This “Design Spark” will provide an overview of efforts so far, including a review of mobility practices in the region, corridor readiness, and best practices from other cities. Participants — which will include chief elected officials, city planners, academic institutions, consultants, and departments of transportation — will also participate in break-out sessions to discuss prioritization.

Through this assessment, GNRC is working with local and state governments, universities, and the private sector to ensure a regional vision around smart mobility that is inclusive and supportive of the high quality of life residents expect. This assessment will provide a long-range framework to help the transportation system prepare for and thrive in a multimodal environment where vehicles are connected, shared, and automated.

The Regional Smart Mobility Assessment final report will be used to inform local jurisdictions of opportunities to improve transportation locally and regionally through investments in technology, to identify critical characteristics of connected systems as they pertain to multimodal infrastructure along with methods to interface with individual users, to describe how service and data sharing agreements could be structured between local, state, public, and private stakeholders of the transportation system, to identify the location and type of communication infrastructure needs throughout the region, and detail how investments in technology can reduce traffic and emissions, improve health and safety, benefit economic development, enrich the transportation planning process, and identify opportunities for private‐sector collaboration and investment.

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