High Capacity Transit Development Plan

Throughout the nMotion development process, stakeholders expressed a strong desire for fast, reliable, and convenient transit services. The backbone of this system will come through the development of High Capacity Transit or “HCT” services, which can include commuter rail, light rail, Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), and Rapid Bus. Building on the approved recommendations from the nMotion Strategic Plan, Nashville MTA is creating a High Capacity Transit (HCT) Development Plan.

In the coming years, Nashville MTA will continue to build a more robust transit system that provides faster and more frequent service, more local services, and more amenities to make it more convenient and more comfortable to use transit in Middle Tennessee. HCT services will play a role in furthering the growth of that expanded network over the next 25 years. Together, these services will provide great transit service for long hours to Middle Tennessee’s most important destinations.

About the Plan

To create the HCT Development Plan, Nashville MTA will review existing conditions along five potential corridors: Gallatin Pike, Nolensville Pike, Charlotte Avenue, Murfreesboro Pike, and Dickerson Pike. The plan will identify opportunities and constraints (such as pinch-points along a corridor), explore the types of HCT modes and services that can be implemented in each corridor (either light rail, BRT, or Rapid Bus), and develop conceptual corridor cross-sections for recommended HCT service. Nashville MTA will continue to build on the strong community outreach efforts of nMotion, and will work with stakeholders and the public to identify major issues, opportunities, and concerns.

HCT Corridors Identified Through nMotion

Click here to view the HCT Corridor Map

By summer 2017, the final plan will present a 10-year and 25-year plan for the development of Nashville’s HCT network, including an overview of the entire network as well as individual plans and development concepts for each corridor. The plan will identify potential phasing for the network, including the corridor or corridors for priority implementation.

Timeline for HCT Development Project

HCT Timeline AI

Benefits of High Capacity Transit (HCT)

The HCT network will deliver faster, reliable transit service between centers. The routes will intersect to provide a network of frequent and attractive services to very high numbers of residents, workers, and visitors. HCT projects will be an important element of revitalizing Nashville’s pikes.

The network will:

  • Provide enhanced service.
  • Be frequent. With service operating every 10 minutes throughout most of the day, riders will be able to use HCT services without a schedule.
  • Provide faster service. Depending on the corridor, travel times will decrease by 10% to 30%.
  • Provide reliable service, with trains and buses operating as scheduled.
  • Connect neighborhoods to downtown, to each other, and to jobs throughout the region.
  • Be comfortable, pleasant, and easy to use. All aspects of the service will be easy for the rider to understand.
  • Be safe and secure at stops and on the vehicle.
  • Provide connections to other MTA and regional routes, and provide easy connectivity between buses and other modes of transportation.
  • Support healthy lifestyles by providing options for car-less travel, encouraging walking and biking, reducing pollution, and increasing riders’ connections to their communities.

High Capacity Transit Briefing Book

Want to learn more about High Capacity Transit, including the types of HCT services being considered for Nashville and common elements of HCT corridors? Take a look at our new High Capacity Transit Briefing Book.

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The Briefing Book explains what HCT is, why it makes sense for Nashville, and how it could be implemented. It includes information about the network, HCT service, basic elements of HCT, and more detailed considerations such as dedicated transit lanes, stops and stations, branding and information, and walking and biking access to HCT corridors.

Get Involved

Check back soon for more information about how you can get involved in the HCT Development Project. You can sign-up for updates by clicking here.