The Downtown Mobility Plan project was conducted to establish a mobility action plan for all modes of transportation in the Nashville region for the next 10 years. One of the ultimate purposes of this project was to have a consistent, acceptable basis for deciding traffic, transit, non-motorized transportation and parking investments, both in downtown and in neighboring business districts.
As a part of the mobility study, the project team collected an extensive amount of data that included vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian counts at 115 intersections, on-street and off-street parking supply and demand counts on 221 downtown blocks, 24-hour tube counts on all major entry and exit points for downtown, and a complete streets infrastructure inventory that included sidewalk widths, presence of bicycle facilities, and transit stop amenities. In addition, three years of crash data was also obtained in order to analyze pedestrian, bicycle and vehicle crashes in the study area. This data helped to establish the current state of traffic, parking, pedestrian, bicycle and transit/shuttle mobility in downtown Nashville. ArcGIS was particularly useful for this task given the extensive amount of collected data, as well as the types of answers to questions being asked by Metro Nashville.