A series of Open House style meetings were held in Clarksville, Ashland City, and North Nashville to introduce the Study. The project team gave brief presentations followed by a public meeting question-and-answer sessions. Display maps were available to view as well as stickers and markers for comment. In addition, comment cards and the project website (crowdsource map)/social media were available for public comment.
The comment cards showed that most attendees do not use transit, prefer the Nashville and Western Railway corridor, and choose rail as their preferred transit mode. In addition, several comment cards indicated a desire to see a regional transit plan and long-range transit connection. The crowdsource map resulted in participants’ wanting to see stops in every major town or city in the study area. In addition, it displayed attendees’ major destinations were primarily in Nashville, including hospitals, event centers, and the airport. Areas of concern involved the Bicentennial Trail in Ashland City (but in favor of rails with trails), design concerns with the rail corridor and environmental concerns.
Below is a list of public outreach events held during Round #1.
The project team held a second round of Public Outreach Meetings to provide the public and stakeholders with an update on the corridors and modes identified for additional study and to introduce potential station locations.
In Nashville, a booth with display maps was set up at the Nashville Farmers’ Market during lunch hours. In addition, presentations were given to interested parties such as the North Nashville Chamber of Commerce, Clarksville City Council, Montgomery County Commission, Two Rivers’ Corporate Board, and HR and Law Directors. If you were unable to attend, the public meeting presentation is available for download.
The project team provided a poll, a public meeting question-and-answer session, and a project website/social media for public comment. The poll showed that most people travel by car, want to see transit to start at 5:00 a.m. and end at midnight, that they would wait 11-15 minutes for transit, and that the most important transit characteristics are dependability and convenience.
Below is a list of public outreach events held during Round #2.
During Round #3, the project team participated in more focus group, or community meetings. Here they gave a brief presentation and a public meeting question-and-answer session. The project team provided a survey and a project website/social media for public comment.
The third round of public meetings provided the public with the project background, overview of the corridors and modes, transit oriented development, possible funding scenarios and proposed recommendations.
The Round #3 survey showed that the highest-ranking corridor is the proposed commuter rail corridor; the stations that received the most points are Highway 12, Cumberland Avenue, Briley Parkway, Charlotte Pike, and the Farmers’ Market; the highest-ranking transit characteristics included speed/time and first/last mile; and the highest-ranking funding sources include public-private partnership and federal funding. The questions asked during the Round 3 public meetings involved general transit usage or operations.Below is a list of public outreach events held during Round #3.
A special thank you to those who took the time to attend these meetings and provide your input! If you missed the Northwest Corridor Open House meetings, you can share your thoughts on our website’s crowdsourcing map.