Transportation Studies

Regional Smart Mobility Assessment

The Smart Mobility Assessment is intended to provide community leadership, information technology directors, transit agencies, planning and public works departments, traffic operations managers, and other stakeholders within the Nashville metropolitan area a framework for how emerging technologies can improve and optimize transportation.

Key Objectives

  1. Develop and inventory of existing transportation technology and planned upgrades,

  2. Benchmark Middle Tennessee's current practices against that of peer regions and the nation,

  3. Establish a shared vision for the role of technology in addressing transportation and mobility challenges,

  4. Identify opportunities to accelerate the deployment of priority projects, and

  5. Establish new lines of collaboration and data sharing between public and private-sector partners engaged in smart mobility initiatives.

GNRC has hired a consulting team led by global experts, Stantec, to prepare recommendations based on their International experience in the smart mobility sector.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is this study important?

The study will provide direction for regional cooperation around technology and how it is deployed to support transportation efforts. Through the regional vision for smart mobility, it will define how the transportation system can prepare for and thrive in an environment offering all modes and vehicles that are connected, shared, and even autonomous. As transportation and technology become increasingly connected, the Assessment will help the region understand the future of mobility and prioritize investments accordingly.

Who is leading the effort?

The Greater Nashville Regional Council (GNRC) is leading the Assessment through its program, the Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, a seven-county region comprised of Davidson, Maury, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Wilson, and Williamson counties. It is funded through federal transportation funds programed in the latest Regional Transportation Plan.

What are the exepcted outcomes?

In addition to informing the Regional ITS Architecture, the RSMA will benchmark Middle Tennessee against peer regions for utilization of technology in mobility, examine best practices and emerging trends in mobility, set a regional vision for smart mobility, identify strategies to leverage technology deployments into other capital project, and collaborate with the private sector. With a regional vision in place, improved coordination and planning between jurisdictions will take place, setting up a framework for collaboration and interoperability around hardware, software, and policy standards. The RSMA will also provide a number of performance measures that can be adopted to determine success.

Who is involved?

GNRC is partnering with the TN Department of Transportation (TDOT), WeGo Public Transit, MetropolitanNashville Dept of Public Works and other city and county planners, engineers, public safety officials, and information technology professionals across Middle Tennessee. GNRC has hired a consulting team led by Stantec to prepare recommendations based on their global experience with smart mobility.

What is smart mobility?

Smart mobility has everything to do with the use of technology to make transportation more efficient and includes things like autonomous or self-driving cars, buses, and trains; vehicles that communicate with each other or the roadway network; traffic signals that continuously adapt to current conditions; web or mobile applications that provide real-time information to travelers; fiber optics that connect systems across municipal boundaries; and much more.