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Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Nashville’s next mayor will face a complicated and politically volatile question about the future of mass transit.

The vote earlier this month to reject a multi-billion-dollar plan built around light-rail and improved bus service has reopened the debate, so we asked them:

What are your transit priorities now that Nashville voters have rejected the transit plan?

 

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nMotion.info

One of Nashville’s steps toward a new mass transit plan will be to revisit the strategy adopted two years ago, when city and regional officials endorsed what’s known as “nMotion.”

MTA bus Music City Central
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Following closely after the defeat of the multi-billion dollar transit referendum, renovation work will begin on Nashville’s main downtown bus terminal, Music City Central. The $6 million project was already planned, and some consider it overdue.

Blake Farmer / WPLN

Nashville voters resoundingly rejected the multi-billion-dollar transit proposal Tuesday — telling officials to find another way to respond to the city’s growth and traffic congestion.

In the end, it wasn't even close. Some 64 percent of Nashville voters went against the plan. That's in an election that drew a surprising turnout of more than 120,000 people.

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Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Phone calls, mailers, text messages, door knocking and a crush of TV ads have blanketed Nashvillians in the final days before the city’s vote on a multi-billion-dollar mass transit proposal.

The ground game has intensified — and diversified — in the final hours, and a few last public endorsements, for and against, have come in.

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MTA

One of the lingering disagreements over Nashville’s transit proposal is how it would impact development along proposed light rail and rapid bus corridors — and if it would intensify the gentrification already happening.

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Nashville Mayor's Office

A new survey of Nashvillians will provide fodder for a series of town-hall meetings that begin Thursday at Maplewood High School.

Mayor David Briley is bringing together residents with elected officials and department heads for six events in the next month (full list and RSVP here).

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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.

Sara Ernst / WPLN

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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Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Much of the discussion around Nashville’s transit proposal focuses on five light rail lines outlined by the plan. Yet those routes would be ready, at the earliest, beginning in 2026.

Much sooner — if voters approve the referendum on May 1 — the initial changes would focus on improving countywide bus service, at a cost of nearly $1 billion.

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