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Green Hills traffic plan includes a trolley

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Could a trolley be the trick to beating traffic in the Green Hills area? One council member said it could.

He's pushing for a free trolley service between the different stores along Hillsboro Pike.

The trolley would take shoppers to and from stores along Hillsboro Pike so you no longer have to drive 50 feet to get to the next errand. Councilman Sean McGuire said the start and stop, short-distance driving is the biggest cause of congestion.

Just looking at the gridlock on Hillsboro road probably brings back all too familiar memories of waiting and waiting and waiting in traffic to get to a Green Hill's restaurant or shop. You may have even daydreamed about flying above it all to get to where you need to go faster.

"Some people don't even want to come into Green Hills because they don't want to deal with it," McGuire said.

Now councilman Sean McGuire said he has another, more feasible way to speed up the process. He is proposing a free trolley system to take customers up and down Hillsboro Road.

"We're pretty reliant on our cars here, so just giving another option where people could move freely but not be so reliant on their cars," McGuire said.

McGuire said the plan would not spend a dime of tax payer dollars. Instead, the funding would come from advertisements put around the trolley. He first got the idea after visiting a mall with the same concept in Denver.

"It's a pretty lofty goal because it's going to take a pretty serious investment from the private sector," McGuire said.

McGuire hopes to have the project finished by 2015, but he said the speed and final plan depend mostly on whether the public supports it. He hopes to have a trolley test run next holiday season to gage shopper interest. Then, if a lot of people like the trolley he hopes to expand.

"Maybe this could be done in Hillsboro village, 12th South, the Gulch, other areas," McGuire said.

If you have ideas or suggestions for how to ease the traffic woes in Green Hills Councilman McGuire would like to hear from you. You can email him at: sean.mcguire@nashville.gov

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