In recent years, there has been much written about a potential commuter rail system that would connect downtown Nashville to five outlying counties. While there is a great amount of support for such a project throughout the region, there also may be opposition. Much of that opposition seems to be based on misinformation about the benefits of a commuter rail system, the cost of such a project and confusion between different types of rail systems that are currently in place in various parts of the country.
In 1997, the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce endorsed a plan to support the development of a regional multi-modal system of transportation to guarantee the continued movement of people and goods throughout our region, mitigating the significant annual increase in traffic congestion we are now experiencing on our highways.
This plan was not meant to support commuter rail versus road construction and improvement. Nor was it in support of rail over improvements to a city bus system or commuter vanpools. This was a long-range plan to support transit alternatives that would sustain our region