Lawmakers want study on I-24 monorail to Rutherford County - WSMV Channel 4

Lawmakers want study on I-24 monorail to Rutherford County

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Most of the mass transit talk at the state capital this legislative session has revolved around Nashville's proposed Amp rapid bus line.

But Republicans in Rutherford County want the Tennessee Department of Transportation to take a look at a different kind of mass transit.

The idea is a monorail moving people up and down the busy Interstate 24 corridor on elevated tracks in the middle of the interstate.

For now, the plan is to get TDOT to study funding sources, both public and private, as well as estimated costs and revenues and report back in February of next year.

But supporters say this is a legitimate option for the future.

"The I-24 corridor from Murfreesboro to Nashville it the most congested corridor in the state of Tennessee. We think over the next 11 years we need to be looking long-term about the congestion coming into those corridors. Right down the middle of the interstate is probably the cheapest and easiest way to do that," said State Sen. Bill Ketron, R-Murfreesboro.

The bill on the study will come up for a vote in the Senate soon. It was delayed in a House subcommittee until next week.

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