Metro schedules community forums on proposed east-west connector BRT

Monday, June 11, 2012 at 7:00pm
Staff reports

Metro Transit Authority is hosting four community meetings on Mayor Karl Dean’s proposed “east-west connector” bus rapid transit line, which would stretch from West End Avenue to downtown Broadway, across the Cumberland River to East Nashville.

The project, which Dean announced in December, is currently in a preliminary design phase. Its ultimate construction, originally estimated to be $136 million, relies on federal grant dollars and a still-unidentified local funding source.

“After several weeks of studies and preliminary design work by our engineering consultants, we now have a route and preliminary transit station locations to share with residents, business and property owners, and employees who work along the corridor,” said Nashville MTA board chair Freddie O’Connell.

“These forums are an important opportunity for us to listen to individual comments, concerns, and suggestions that will help us plan a successful BRT project,” he said. 

Meetings, all open to the public, are set for:

• Vine Street Christian Church, 4101 Harding Road, July 9 at 5:30 p.m.

• East Nashville Community Center, 601 Russell St., July 11 at 5:30 p.m.

• Downtown Public Library, 615 Church St., July 17 at 11 a.m.

• West End United Methodist Church, 2200 West End Ave., July 18 at 11 a.m.

6 Comments on this post:

By: MusicCity615 on 6/11/12 at 6:11

investing in mass transit is something Nashville needs to do now. I am in favor of this corridor.

By: spooky24 on 6/12/12 at 6:07

Borrow more money to help a few-tax everyone to pay it back. I wonder what Dean's political angle is here. He doesn't give a hoot about the bus riders but you can believe their is a deep pocket somewhere along the line.

sp

By: judyboodo@yahoo.com on 6/12/12 at 7:39

Of all the insanely dumb ways Dean has found to waste money on this is by far the dumbest. $175 MILLION DOLLARS. Say it again $175 MILLION DOLLARS. How many NEEDED things could the city fund with that kind of money? Oh, that's right, It will come from heaven like the money for the police officers. Then we can pay higher federal taxes. This kind of stupid project will cause far more problems and congestion than it will ever solve. Narrowing the current lanes, using the turn lane for a dedicated bus lane, making it harder for auto's to navigate a busy street. Of course the MTA is for it, its how they get their money, more projects. MTA can't even fill up the huge buses they have now. They need more smaller buses running at a higher frequency, they could employ more drivers and create more job. If the Council had any backbone at all this kind of stupidity would not even get off the talking table.

By: MusicCity615 on 6/12/12 at 7:49

judyboohoo-

The worst action Nashville could take would be to limit its citizens transit options to cars. The citizens then would be left stranded whenever oil prices spike up.

An interconnected mass transit system with dedicated lanes will enable people to get to their destination quicker and to save money.

Thanks Mayor Dean for taking the iniative that Bill Purcell should have taken years ago on Mass transit.

By the way judyboohoo, how do you think Nashville's myriad of interstate and highway lanes were built? Did the construction workers build them for free? NO. It's time we invest money in alternative forms of mass transit.

By: Kosh III on 6/12/12 at 8:01

"Borrow more money to help a few-tax everyone to pay it back."

We do it all the time, not everyone uses Parks, not everyone has kids in school, not everyone gives a frak about the Titans, Sounds or Predators, but we all pay for these things.
Public transit WILL benefit us all, less traffic, less pollution, less traffic injuries/deaths. Or do you like sitting in traffic breathing poison fumes?

More buses on more routes more often.

By: catenarykat on 6/12/12 at 6:11

Well said, Kosh III.