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$6 billion transit plan recommended for Nashville region

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nMotion released the details of its transit plan. (Source: nMotion) nMotion released the details of its transit plan. (Source: nMotion)
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A $6 billion transit plan has been proposed to help improve traffic in the Nashville area over the next 25 years.

The nMotion project team presented the plan on Wednesday to the boards of the Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority and the Regional Transportation Authority of Middle Tennessee.

The plan includes 200 miles of pedestrian improvements, a high-capacity transit network with 46 miles of light rail, 98 miles of freeway bus rapid transit and 82 miles of arterial bus rapid transit/rapid bus.

A new commuter rail would run from Nashville to Clarksville.

“Our corridor, the northwest corridor, is particularly suited to that because we have an existing rail line that is used for some freight rail service that we want to combine with commuter rail,” Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan said.

The proposed light rail would run along four possible corridors: Gallatin Pike, Murfreesboro Pike, Charlotte Pike and Nolensville Pike.

“Frankly, it’s something that if we didn’t come out with it as a recommendation, we would have heard from about 10,000 people saying, ‘Are you crazy?’” said Steve Bland, CEO of RTA and MTA.

Those are long-range plans. More immediate plans include expanding and improving the bus system by adding services to areas like Smyrna and Dickson.

The plan would also include more frequent service, longer hours and smart technology to buy tickets.

The biggest question, which remains unanswered at this point, is how to raise the money to pay for it. It would cost about $15 per month per person. There will be more discussions later on about how to raise the money from various sources, including federal money, state money and local money.

“I think people are sitting in a lot of traffic and they want to see a solution,” Mayor Megan Barry said.

Board members have decided to open up the plans to public comments for 30 days. Members of the community can submit their feedback online or attend an upcoming meeting.

Click the following links for more information about the transportation plan:

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