transportation

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A group of Republican lawmakers is trying to hit reset on the debate over Governor Bill Haslam’s transportation proposal.

They say House leaders are moving the plan for a 6-cent increase to the state’s gas tax through the legislature too quickly.

Nashville bus
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News of President Donald Trump’s visit to Nashville has lit up social media — including many commentators who are grousing about the impact to the city’s transit system.

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The road before Gov. Bill Haslam's gas tax proposal just got significantly bumpier.

An East Tennessee lawmaker has put together an alternative to Gov. Bill Haslam's plan to pay for road construction by raising the gas tax, and it's drawing support from some of the most important Republicans in the state House of Representatives.

Nashville MTA bus
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The mayor of Nashville may be one of the most vocal supporters of Governor Bill Haslam’s newly unveiled transportation plan — which hinges on whether the Republican legislature will increase the gas tax.

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A Tennessee lawmaker says police should have the power to inspect drivers' phones at the scene of serious accidents.

Supporters call it a "Textalyzer," like a Breathalyzer for cell phones. The idea is to see whether a driver was texting before the crash — just as police can test sobriety if they think a driver has been drinking.

Nashville bicyclist bike lane WalknBike
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Nashville bicyclists — or those who have at least tried to ride in the city — overwhelmingly say that current bike lanes and traffic patterns leave them feeling unsafe. With that in mind, Metro has debuted a new approach on bike lanes and greenways that will cater to beginners, and strive to create a “low stress” bicycling network.

Nashville sidewalk WalknBike map
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Nashville now knows exactly how lacking its sidewalk network is, and has calculated the price to add hundreds of miles for pedestrians. Metro debuted its new master plan for sidewalks and bikeways — known as WalknBike — on Monday.

Harding Place sidewalk Nashville
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

An area of South Nashville that has been known as a deadly corridor for pedestrians is finally seeing progress on a lengthy sidewalk project.

Nashville bus transit priority
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

For the first time, some Nashville buses are about to get an advantage on the roads, instead of being thrown in the mix with general traffic.

Changes are coming to lanes and stoplights along Murfreesboro Road in Southeast Nashville, home to the second-highest bus ridership in the city. And officials say this project is unique in that it gives priority to public transit — a sign of things to come in other ambitious plans for the future.

Murfreesboro Bottoms photo
Rutherford County Archives

Roadways, once paved, shape cities for decades. In Murfreesboro, an effort began this year to undo a landscape-altering decision from the 1950s.

As was common in many cities, a large road project cut through Murfreesboro. The Dixie Highway — or U.S. 41, or Broad Street, locally — cleared out “The Bottoms,” a flood-prone area home to one of Rutherford County’s earliest African-American residential areas.

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