In response to Tuesday’s post on the need for Tennessee Department of Transportation to change its approach to sound barriers to make them more appealing, State Commissioner Gerald Nicely emailed that he “agrees completely” and that he and his staff are working to improve the appearance of the eyesores.

In response to Monday’s post about whether the Memphis MPO is biased because of the disproportionate weight given to suburban members, we were asked what it would take to change the MPO membership so that it would be more representative of the overall population of the area. To make this change, it would require the current members – with their suburban preponderance – to amend their rules to give the urban core fairer representation. Don’t look for it to happen.