By BROOKE WANSER
After Nashville’s resounding rejection of the transit referendum this spring, regional leaders will gather to discuss what comes next at Williamson, Inc.’s Transportation Summit next Tuesday.
On June 19, local and regional leaders will gather at the Cool Springs Marriott to discuss the best solutions to the constant plague of traffic congestion, and what comes next after the transit vote.
Here is a list of the top things to watch for in preparation of the summit.
Autonomous vehicles at Andrews Cadillac
As a precursor to the summit, the chamber is hosting Coffee & Cadillacs at Andrews Cadillac in Brentwood. From 9 to 11 a.m. this Wednesday, attendees will get a chance to ride in an autonomous vehicle, helping to understand the impact of self-driving autos on traffic in the future.
What went wrong with the Nashville transit referendum
The first panel will feature Stephen Bland, the CEO of Nashville’ MTA system, and Michael Skipper, AICP, the executive director of the Greater Nashville Regional Council. The duo will discuss why the transit referendum failed, and what can be learned.
Southern Corridor Study
Skipper and Bland will also give an overview of the Southern Corridor study, which local political leaders continually refer to as the first step in determining how to attack traffic woes.
Top 10 hot spots for traffic
Nashville firm Barge Design Solutions will present a map of the top 10 traffic congestion “hot spots” in Williamson County.
Flexible scheduling at Nissan
Nissan, the event’s sponsor, will outline how they have been doing their part in reducing traffic in the area surrounding their Cool Springs Headquarters and their manufacturing plant in Smyrna.
What Franklin has done to combat traffic
During the second panel, Franklin City Administrator Eric Stuckey, Long Range Planning Supervisor Kelly Dannenfelser, AICP, and Director of Engineering Paul Holzen will discuss Franklin’s challenges, like IMPROVE Act funding issues, and positive contributions, like the TMA Group’s expanded service routes.
Mack Hatcher Parkway
The city employees will discuss what is going on with the Mack Hatcher Parkway extension past Hillsboro Road, which has been funded, but recently delayed due to TDOT’s bargaining with property owners about right of way.
Town Hall with TDOT commissioner
On the Friday following the summit, TDOT commissioner and former Franklin mayor John Schroer will be the guest speaker at the monthly town hall conversation, held at Columbia State Community College’s Williamson Campus from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.
The summit will be held at Franklin’s Cool Springs Marriott conference center, located at 700 Cool Springs Boulevard, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The cost is $40 for business partners, $60 for guests, and table sponsorships are available for $1,500. Click here to register.