Metro Councilmember Freddie O’Connell says the easiest way for him to make the case for the transit plan that Nashvillians are now voting on is to get personal. “I have personally lived through how having mobility options apart from a car changed my life,” says O’Connell, a bike-riding progressive who represents downtown and parts of North Nashville, and who has been right in the middle of the city’s transit discussions for years. “A bike and a bus network that supported being able to take my bike on them, while imperfect — I happened to be living along a corridor, and it let me buy my house and not have a car for several months. I want more Nashvillians to have that opportunity. I want transit to change people’s lives in ways that give them so much more economic freedom and mobility freedom. And that stuff is all in the plan.”The plan he speaks of would see light-rail lines added to major corridors — Charlotte Avenue, … [Read more...] about Proponents of Nashville’s Transit Plan Make the Case for Big Investment
On May 1, Nashville will conclude one of the most significant public referendums it has ever held, on the most expensive municipal project the city has ever proposed. In May 2017, then-Mayor Megan Barry started pitching a citywide transit overhaul — called Let’s Move Nashville — headlined by light rail on the city’s major corridors, with an estimated construction cost of $5.4 billion. Less than a year later, Barry is out of office, with the election to find her replacement set for May 24. But before that, funding for the plan she unveiled is on the May 1 ballot. Early voting, which runs through April 26, has already begun on whether to raise four taxes to pay for the mass transit system. And that’s not all: Judicial candidates are also up for a vote.If you haven’t cast your ballot yet, what follows here is a guide to what you’ll find on it: the arguments for and against the transit plan, as well as a rundown of the candidates for judicial … [Read more...] about Exploring the Cases for and Against Nashville’s Historic Transit Plan
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest How much would Nashville transit plan really improve travel times? Nashville transit supporters claim quicker travel times — but critics say those assumptions can't be trusted. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. 1 Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Subscribe Today Log In Subscribed, but don't have a login? Activate your digital access. Dave Boucher and Joey Garrison, The Tennessean Published 10:41 a.m. CT April 18, 2018 | Updated 1:01 p.m. CT April 18, 2018 CLOSE A look at the numbers in the Nashville transit plan CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN 1 COMMENT EMAIL MORE A television ad from the city's transit … [Read more...] about How much would Nashville transit plan really improve travel times?
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Metro Detroit CEOs: Transit plan can't wait CEOs of at metro Detroit's largest employers tell local leaders it's time to rally around a plan for expanded public transit Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 a.m. ET April 15, 2018 CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN COMMENT EMAIL MORE Over the last decade, our region has made incredible progress. We have strengthened and diversified our economy, and we have experienced investment in our region at a pace that has caused the nation to sit up and take notice. This, in turn, has improved employment and increased the vibrancy of our … [Read more...] about Metro Detroit CEOs: Transit plan can’t wait
Express-News Editorial Board Published 12:00 am, Sunday, April 15, 2018 Photo: William Luther /San Antonio Express-News Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Mayor Ron Nirenberg, in his State of the City address, unveiled a nonprofit tasked with crafting a comprehensive transit plan. Mayor Ron Nirenberg, in his State of the City address, unveiled a nonprofit tasked with crafting a comprehensive transit plan. Photo: William Luther /San Antonio Express-News A transit plan the city deserves 1 / 1 Back to Gallery A transit plan this city deserves should be built on a simple promise: When traffic is at its worst, rapid transit will perform at its best. Such a plan must: Be credible, broad and comprehensive. Blanket this community and link major institutions. Recommended Video: Now Playing: Citizens … [Read more...] about A transit plan the city deserves