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The Assessment 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.
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.
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 practice 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.
The RSMA began in the fall of 2018 and will continue through the summer of 2019.