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Nashville Transit Referendum

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Nashville voters are preparing for a May 1 referendum to decide whether the city should embark on a large-scale overhaul of its public transit system. In the lead-up to that vote, WPLN is breaking down key details of the 55-page transit improvement program — also billed as "Let's Move Nashville" —  with ongoing coverage.

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One of the most important — and complex — pieces of Nashville’s mass transit proposal is its funding strategy. There’s been significant focus on proposed increases to four local taxes, which would partly fund the projects. Yet those taxes are only a portion of the plan.

So how, in total, would the transit overhaul be funded? And if the financing projections are off target, how would Metro adjust?

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Backers of Nashville's $5.4 billion transit plan argue that construction of light rail and expansion of bus service could be good for the city's health. That's because riding typically means much more walking.

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If Nashville’s transit referendum is approved, it’s clear what would happen next — expanded bus service and planning for light rail. But there’s more uncertainty about the city’s next steps if the referendum fails on May 1.

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Voters are beginning to cast ballots this week on Nashville’s mass transit proposal.

To get a glimpse into how individuals are making their decisions — for or against — WPLN caught up with voters outside of polling places on the first day of early voting.

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Metro Councilman Robert Swope unveiled his alternative transit proposal on Tuesday, suggesting a futuristic autonomous vehicle fleet and construction of a double-decker interstate loop around downtown Nashville.

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If there’s a statistic that won’t go away it’s the one about how many people move to Nashville each day.

And now a misleading version of this figure is being perpetuated by the pro-transit coalition, which leads a recent full-page ad with the statement, “80 people move to Nashville every day.”

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Your Nashville transit referendum questions have poured in to WPLN this month, and on the eve of early voting beginning Wednesday, here are answers to another batch.

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An advertisement in opposition to Nashville’s transit plan has been retracted for including a faulty number.

The inaccurate information appeared in a newspaper and flyers, and was questioned by WPLN during what has been an increasingly combative debate by the groups that have lined up for and against the city’s mass transit proposal.

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We’ve asked you for your questions about the pending vote on Nashville’s mass transit plan. Now, we’re trying to answer them.

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At the center of Nashville’s transit proposal is an increase to four taxes. And the largest — in terms of how much money could be raised, and how many people would pay more — would be a higher local sales tax.