Backers of a proposed bus-rapid transit line across Nashville are touting results from a survey out Wednesday from the Rockefeller Foundation. The New York-based philanthropy found most Nashvillians would take the bus instead of driving, if it sped up their commute.
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Over 150,000 older adults in the Nashville area are expected to be without sufficient access to public transit within the next four years. That’s according to a report issued by Transportation for America and the AARP.
Middle Tennessee is putting together a long-term plan for regional mass transit, which could include an expanded bus and train network. As the plan takes shape, a looming question is who’s going to pay for it, and how.
Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and other area mayors are looking to find out what transit options the public wants, how they can be done best, and ultimately how to pay for them. Today Dean and other area mayors announced they’re drafting a long-range plan for transportation, and they want public input.
One Metro department escaped the budgetary axe and actually got an increase in Mayor Karl Dean’s spending plan for the next fiscal year. That’s because Dean wants to focus public transit monies on a regional network.