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A New Transit Hub Pitched in Nashville

The city of Nashville is trying to get back on track with some of the projects proposed in the 2016 nMotion plan—even without the massive pot of transit tax money it could have won at the ballot box.
July 28, 2019, 7am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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It's out with the old and in with the new in more ways than one in Nashville.
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"Metro officials hope an $18 million transit center will spark fresh activity in a part of town that has felt few ripples from Nashville's overall boom," reports Meg Garner in an article that might be blocked by a paywall for some readers.

Aaron Short provides additional, paywall-free coverage of the transit center plans, also providing background on the Let's Move Nashville transit funding referendum rejected by voters in May 2018. As noted by Short and Garner, the transit center is a part of the nMotion transit plan approved by Nashville region officials in 2016. In 2019, the transit center plans will rely on funding from the federal government.

Short describes the vision for the proposed transit center. "Once completed, the enclosed station would have up to four open-air bus bays with a climate-controlled passenger-waiting area, cyclist amenities and facilities conveying real-time locations of incoming buses, according to the MTA. Three bus routes now provide service through the location but the hub could provide connections for up to three more routes, including rapid bus services."

Short offers a lot more information on the political and planning context for the new proposal, as also recently provided by TransitCenter. Transit is tricky in Nashville—as more anecdotes than the failure of Let's Move Nashville prove. This past June, WeGo (née Nashville MTA) announced it would eliminate eight bus routes and raise fares from $1.70 to $2.

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Published on Friday, July 26, 2019 in Streetsblog USA
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