Quality Life Experiences

Sub-theme: Meeting transportation needs: Franklin will have a diverse transportation network that promotes, provides, and supports safe and efficient mobility choices for all, including driving, public transit, walking, and biking.

Franklin citizens are proud of their community. They it to remain among the best places to live in the United States–a place envied for its engaging quality of life. People are invested in their neighborhoods as well as in the city. They willingly volunteer, participate, and support the many activities, recreational pursuits, and special events that bring them together as a community.

Franklin’s rapidly growing and increasingly diverse population, both in age and ethnicity, is both a strength as well as a challenge to the vision of our city. Our citizens understand the importance of ensuring that everyone who works within our community is able to live within our community.

A critical part of sustaining our unique sense of inclusiveness is ensuring that a range of housing options is available for varying income and demographic groups. As our boundaries expand, the efficient and effective varieties of land uses–residential, commercial, open space, and institutional–are critical components for sustaining our vibrant community. Our citizens are concerned that traffic congestion is increasing everywhere–on major streets and in neighborhoods. They would like a functional transportation system, more bicycle and pedestrian connections between residential neighborhoods and shopping districts or employment centers, and better transit options, not only within the city but connecting the greater metropolitan region.

There are six goals contained within this sub-theme:

To reduce citizen perception of traffic congestion in Franklin

Goal: To reduce percent of citizens reporting improvement in transportation/ reduction of traffic and lane improvements as the most important needs for Franklin.

Franklin continues to be a very desirable place to live - and annual population growth proves that people continue to move here to enjoy all of the amenities this city and region have to offer. But more people bring more congestion and strain on our existing transportation infrastructure. In many conversations, public policy discussions and meetings throughout the community, traffic - and what to do about it - has remained a frequently talked about issue. Although the City has taken steps to improve connectivity and established mechanisms to accommodate new growth while not overburdening existing transportation systems, it is important to know if the citizens are satisfied with the efforts to date.

The City asked citizens in the 2016 National Citizens Survey their "Overall ease of getting to the places you usually have to visit." The goal remained as it was in 2012 - to reduce those citizens reporting transportation and traffic as the most important needs for Franklin. Unfortunately, the percentage rating the overall ease of getting round did not decrease, but increased to 41% rating the overall ease of getting around as Fair or Poor, the highest Fair/Poor ratings in the 2016 survey. This improved in the 2019 National Citizens Survey, falling to 35% rating overall ease as Fair or Poor, but still above the goal.

Baseline: 37% of citizens report improvement in transportation/reduction of traffic and lane improvements as the most important needs for Franklin. (Source: 2012 Community Survey by ASI for Franklin Tomorrow)

To be a community that promotes walking, jogging, and cycling.

Goal: To become a more bicycle friendly community.

The City of Franklin prides itself on providing a high quality of life to its citizens full of excellent recreation and healthy transportation resources. Many cities throughout the nation have received designation as a Bicycle Friendly Community from the League of American Bicyclists. Four cities in Tennessee are already Bicycle Friendly Communities, and the State of Tennessee ranks 20th nationwide for bicyclists.

Franklin has made strides in building bicycle infrastructure. As of 2015, the City has 28.7 Miles of Bike Lanes and 8.3 Miles of Multiuse Paths.* Further connectivity projects designed to join existing paths and trails to one another have been planned in the cities Comprehensive Transportation Plan and the Parks Master Plan. *(Source: City of Franklin GIS)

Baseline: To become a bicycle‐friendly designated community through assessment by the League of American Bicyclists.
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To reduce energy costs, road congestion and improve air quality by better use of alternative transportation services.

Goal: To increase inventory of transit hubs, park‐and‐ride sites, and bus stops in Franklin.

Franklin has two transit providers: the Franklin Transit Authority (FTA) and the Regional Transit authority (RTA). The FTA is Franklin's main transit provider, Responsible for a three-route, fixed-route bus service, a para-transit service (Transit-On-DemanD) and a regional vanpool service which serves Middle Tennessee. The RTA is responsible for providing the only commuter bus service (P91X) to and from downtown Nashville.

There 136 shelters along the 72 stops along the three fixed-routes.

Baseline: Inventory of current transit hubs, number of park‐and‐ride parking slots, and description of alternative transportation services available in Franklin. (TMA)

Goal: To increase the number of riders using the Franklin Transit Authority.

The Franklin Transit Authority operates three routes between the hours of 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Monday – Saturday. Those routes - West Bound, East Bound and South Bound - move tens of thousands of people annually through the City of Franklin and Cool Springs.

Data shown is for Fiscal Years 2014-2020. Ridership in the TODD (Transit On DemanD) has remained steady over the years 2015-2020 (2014 currently unavailable). Fixed Route ridership has varied annually.

For more information on the Franklin Transit Authority, please click here.

Baseline: 52,034 riders in 2009.

Goal: To reduce the number of days of air quality nonattainment in the City of Franklin.

Franklin has many amenities - excellent quality of life, history, excellent shopping, strong local economy and temperate winters. It also has pretty decent air quality. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the City of Franklin/Williamson County has not had a nonattainment day of air quality (a day where particulates such as Ozone, Carbon Dioxide, Lead etc. reach hazardous levels to one's health) in the last 10 years. In fact, the last recorded day of nonattainment for Williamson County occurred for Lead in 1998 and for 1-hr Ozone in 1995.

Clean air is essential to foster and encourage citizens to be outside and participate in healthy lifestyles. The City's transit provider and Williamson County have formed and sponsor the Clean Air Partnership of Williamson County to foster education and awareness for businesses and citizens about air quality in Middle Tennessee.

Source/Baseline: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Green Book: Nonattainment/Maintenance Status for Each County by Year for All Criteria Pollutants,