From tax codes providing green incentives to building contracts maintaining LEED building standards, Tennessee continues to pursue ecologically friendly solutions. However, despite Metropolitan Transit Authority’s pursuit of the same, a lack of funding has prevented any expansion of public transit services.
That may have changed when the state’s General Assembly passed legislation allowing local communities to create dedicated funding sources for their public transit. Previously, no entity had the power to seek such funding.
“Nashville is at a pivotal crossroads for public transportation,” said MTA’s CEO Paul Ballard. “Public transportation goes hand in hand with economic development, tourism and jobs growth and is a critical part of any city’s success.”
Due to public interest and lack of accessible transit, the Nashville MTA will hold its third round of meetings July 28-30 to gather input from citizens on its Strategic Master Plan.
The Strategic Master Plan is a document that the Metro Transit Authority uses to guide its decision-making. It contains long and short-term goals, as well as priorities set forth by citizens and lawmakers. The plan is currently in Phase I, which focuses on public outreach.
The meetings will be held at 5 p.m. July 28 at the North Branch Library, 1001 Monroe St.; 11:30 a.m. July 29 at Music City Central, MTA’s downtown transit hub, 400 Charlotte Ave.; 5 p.m. July 29 at Southeast Branch Library, 2325 Hickory Highlands Dr.; 5 p.m. July 30, at Green Hills Library, 3701 Benham Ave.
This third round of meetings is the last time citizens can provide input.
For details of the plan, you can download information here.