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Sunday, February 6, 2011 at 11:37pm


As a Portland native who lived through the non-light rail and then light rail phases in the Rose City, I give the light rail system a huge thumbs-up. Many were skeptical at first but became believers in its efficiency and ease of use after the first routes were installed.

I do not believe it would be a waste of money if the right route was chosen [in Nashville]. A lot of people use it [in Portland] for work commuting but also use it to go to events downtown, shopping downtown, etc. The downtown area in Portland is very robust and bustling. Maybe a light rail system in Nashville would help the downtown area grow in a positive way.

Additionally, the light rail system expanded to the airport area and also into the West HIlls, which many people scoffed at because of the terrain. It's a success too.

Good luck to the committee and let's hope some advances in effective and desirable mass transit makes its way to our beautiful town.

Posted by "lucy888888"




Filed under: City Voices
Tagged: light rail | Portland

34 Comments on this post:

By: govskeptic on 2/7/11 at 6:56

Well, let's just spend a couple of million on consultants to find out
that we can't afford it. Then let's build it anyway and "Hope" they
will come!

By: Captain Nemo on 2/7/11 at 7:35

Good morning

By: Captain Nemo on 2/7/11 at 7:38

I guess that the skeptics will criticize anything they don’t like. They can always find something wrong to anything new; no matter if it does work somewhere else.

Progress is a four letter word to the conservatives and they had rather spend millions even billions on their outdated life lifestyle. They must feel if any kind of rail comes to Nashville then it is a threat to the free soul of the solitary driver.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/7/11 at 8:02

From Friday

By: jonescry on 2/4/11 at 7:04
To Cpt. Nemo - one of the many "facts" that you have wrong is that Dr. Lindsay first described Nashville as "Athens of the South" in the 1840s - not 1850s. You really shouldn't post based on a cursory web search......
The late comer jonescry made a remark to our discussion on Friday for some reason only to belittle me and put me in my place, where ever that is. In his his/her rush to insult me on my lack of Nashville history he/she said that Athens of the South was coined in 1840 and not 1850 has I had stated. Now while jonescry maybe no the history of Nashville, it appears that jonescry reading skills are lacking, because I never said that it was 1850 as my post of Friday shows. If you will notice the first three words are "By the 1850's. I never said when.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/4/11 at 6:59
By the 1850’s, Nashville had already earned the nickname of the “Athens of the South” by having established numerous higher education institutions as well as being the first Southern City to establish a public school system. By the end of the century, Nashville would see Fisk University, Saint Cecilia Academy, Montgomery Bell Academy, Meharry Medical College, Belmont University, and Vanderbilt University all open it doors..

By: Captain Nemo on 2/7/11 at 8:13

Thanks Loner for the kind word on my behalf Friday in my absent on the week end.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/7/11 at 8:25


Now while jonescry may know history and not....Now while jonescry maybe no the history of

By: Loner on 2/7/11 at 8:26

No problem, Cap'n.

By: house_of_pain on 2/7/11 at 8:29

I don't see how light rail could be built, without intersecting existing roads.
That will cause more problems than it solves.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/7/11 at 8:34

GREEN BAY wink wink

By: gdiafante on 2/7/11 at 8:35

Gov's right, why spend money to see how we can relieve congestion/update our infrastructure? We all know that if we just ignore it, it will go away.

End sarcasm.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/7/11 at 8:39

Lil Wayne

By: gdiafante on 2/7/11 at 8:39

That goes back to that lack of foresight, house. Whatever the solution is, it's going to be expensive, lengthy and very inconvenient.

Kinda like marriage.

By: house_of_pain on 2/7/11 at 8:40

...and children...

By: Captain Nemo on 2/7/11 at 8:46

Monorail maybe the answer, however the street grid is not suited for any kind of mass transit. They may have to take a different route in and out of the city.

In the past the answer has always been widen the road, but that is not particle anymore and all it ever did was to let more and more cars become a problem.

I still would like to see what is being planed.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/7/11 at 8:47

lol gdia

By: gdiafante on 2/7/11 at 8:48

Flying cars. Problem solved.

I take cash Mr. Mayor...

By: Captain Nemo on 2/7/11 at 8:57

You don’t know what you have started gdia. You just don’t know.

By: gdiafante on 2/7/11 at 9:05

I know that if I'm in Nashville and need to get to Murfreesboro, at five thousand feet, there is no traffic...and I can see my house from there.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/7/11 at 9:13

g if everyone had a flying car… IN NASHVILLE are you crazy!!!! lol

By: house_of_pain on 2/7/11 at 9:14

Who would clean up all the dead birds?

By: gdiafante on 2/7/11 at 9:16


By: Captain Nemo on 2/7/11 at 9:17

By: house_of_pain on 2/7/11 at 8:14
Who would clean up all the dead birds?

That is what you started g.

By: gdiafante on 2/7/11 at 9:30

My plan kicks start the economy. It creates jobs. You have to build the flying cars, then you need people to police the dead birds. You'll need tons of new insurance adjustors and the stimulus to the automotive repair industry is endless. Not to mention the personal radar attachments that will be needed.

It's a very young industry, we can lead the world.

By: BenDover on 2/7/11 at 9:52

My, "blow it out your @$$, Jonesy" comment was intended to support your position as well, Nemo.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/7/11 at 10:04

I thank you Ben for your support. I don't know what was up with this poster. He/ she seem to have a beef with me and I don’t remember ever seeing that handle before.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/7/11 at 10:06

TCP printed one of my posts on the Letters.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/8/11 at 6:24

Good morning

By: Kosh III on 2/8/11 at 8:24

"and I can see my house from there."

but can you see Russia from there?? you betcha, by golly.....

By: Kosh III on 2/8/11 at 8:29

I hate to sound like a broken record but rail is NOT the answer.
It's expensive, it takes a long time to implement. Think about how much money and aggravation there will be if West End is torn up for miles for 2-3 years to install rail.
San Diego has a handful of rail lines and it's taken 30 years just to put those few in.

BRT and express buses are much cheaper(comparatively) and quicker to do. The BRT for Gallatin Rd has been a smashing success.
More buses, more often on more routes.

By: house_of_pain on 2/8/11 at 8:43

I agree, Kosh.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/8/11 at 8:59

I am not in favor of a rail system on West End myself. The express bus does sound to be the better way for that corridor or perhaps a monorail. I hope to see all of the options.

By: BenDover on 2/8/11 at 1:28

Heck yes you do it with busses. Far more flexible and far less expensive.

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