Tennessee Department of Transportation announced Monday the creation of a new office that officials hope will strengthen the relationship between the state and localities in coordinating on transportation projects.
TDOT's new Office of Community Transportation is part of a statewide initiative to build relationships between state and local officials when coordinating planning and land use decisions. TDOT Commissioner Schroer said he thought the creation of the new office would build relationships and make the state's transportation system stronger.
"We really want to increase the level of collaboration between TDOT and municipalities across the state," said Schroer in a statement. "The Office of Community Transportation (OCT) will work with these local entities to make sure our transportation planning efforts and project development plans coincide with future growth and help us meet the needs of communities."
Tennessee joins states such as California and Washington that also have similar offices with the same goal.
OCT will have regional staff in Knoxville, Nashville, Chattanooga, and Memphis. Additional information on the new office is available here.