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Round 1 of Northwest Corridor Transit Study Meetings Concluded; Input Still Needed


Recap of the Northwest Corridor Transit Study Open House Meetings

Northwest Corridor Transit StudyNashville, TN – The Regional Transportation Authority of Middle Tennessee (RTA) recently kicked off the Northwest Corridor Transit Study to evaluate transit options between Clarksville and Nashville.

A series of Open House style meetings were held during the month of April in Clarksville, Ashland City, and North Nashville to introduce the Study.

Clarksville Open House

Clarksville Open House

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, there is still time to share your thoughts on our website.

A total of 106 people participated in the Open House meetings. Clarksville had the largest attendance with 55 participants, Ashland City followed with 36 participants, and North Nashville with 15 participants.

Twenty-two percent of participants are current transit riders. During the Open House meetings, the project team asked participants to provide input on display maps, the website’s crowdsource map, and/or fill out comment cards.

Some of the issues and concerns mentioned by participants included

Impacts to the Bicentennial Trail in Ashland City

  • However, majority of participants were in favor of the rail and trail coexisting

Technical Concerns

  • Right-of-way width may be narrow is sections of the Nashville and Western Railroad Corridor
  • Right-of-way would need to be purchased for a section of the Nashville and Western Railroad Corridor, from Ashland City to Clarksville
  • Joining commuter rail into a high traffic freight line, such as CSX RR, could be problematic
  • How would rail passengers get to the MCC

Environmental concerns

  • Potential stream impacts with the new portion of the Nashville and Western Railroad

Historic concerns

  • Preserve historic trestles along the Nashville and Western Railroad Corridor near Ashland City

Noise concerns

  • Properties (residential and community facilities) that abut to the Nashville and Western Railroad

Safety concerns

  • Schools and community facilities near the Nashville and Western Railroad track may need fencing

The Study website also provides interested parties with an opportunity to share comments on the “crowdsource” map; please visit and click on the map to provide input.

To find more information about our Study and to see a summary of all the public responses and feedback please visit our website:




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