NashBizJrl Editorial: Mass transit doesn't equal 'less gridlock'
I’m for transit. It’s good for business, easing the movement of employees around the region. It’s good for economic development, helping lure newcomers to town. It’s good for the environment, and it’s good for quality of life.
It will not fix our traffic jam.
Mayor Megan Barry launched her campaign last weekend to get Nashville voters to pay for transit with a petition drive in Germantown. She’s aiming for a referendum in May 2018, asking voters to increase taxes to help cover the potential $6 billion cost for her regional mass-transit plan. The campaign launched with a pro-transit coalition of 37 organizations called Transit for Nashville, including business powerhouses like the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and several industry associations. The slogan for the group is this: “Less gridlock. More time for what matters.”
That sounds great, but here’s the problem: Transportation experts across the country, including Nashville’s very own, will tell you that mass transit does not remedy traffic congestion.