How much would it cost to build a monorail that runs from Nashville to Murfreesboro?
Transit planners already decided it would be too expensive to be practical, back in 2007. But despite that assumption, the Tennessee Department of Transportation is studying the idea at the request of a state Senator from fast-growing Rutherford County.
While TDOT officials laughed off the concept when it came up in the legislature, they’ve now had to hire a consultant for $25,000 to get a rough estimate.
Senator Bill Ketron says he’s serious about building a monorail down the median of I-24. He’s even discussed it with a Canadian train manufacturer.
Michael Skipper of the Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization says a monorail is nothing to laugh at, but points to the previous findings. “Unfortunately, for those who like monorail, it was sort of screened out initially due to its high cost and the expected ridership that we were looking at,” Skipper said in an April interview with WPLN.
Transit advocates say it’s ironic that Senator Ketron is pushing for a monorail to Murfreesboro. This year he voted to block a high-speed bus line slated to connect East Nashville and West End.