Nashville is expecting another million people to move here in the next 20 years – and the traffic problems that could cause could be disastrous.
FOX 17 traveled to Atlanta and Birmingham to see how those cities are dealing with traffic issues and what can be done in Nashville.
Nashville transit leaders hope to adopt a transportation plan late this summer – but they say they’ll need support from both the public and private sector in order for actual progress to be made.
You only have to check social media sites to see how Nashville commuters feel about the rush hour experience – and it’s not good.
Atlanta’s metro area has more than three times Nashville’s 1.7 million people — Robbie Ashe chairs the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority — he says expanding the current system within the city out to other counties is key
“Transit is one of those things in 21st century is a non-negotiable part of economic development,” Ashe said. “It would be the biggest thing to happen to MARTA since our founding 40 years ago.”
In November 2014, MARTA joined with neighboring Clayton County to move forward with building a commuter rail line.
“Clayton county wanted transit and a heavy rail component so bad, that we left it up to the citizens to vote on it, and the citizens here in Clayton County voted overwhelmingly 74 percent that they wanted this done,” Jeffrey Turner, Clayton County Commissioner said.
Tuner said residents knew they would be taxed, and (continue reading at Fox17)