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Mayor releases plans for proposed Gallatin Pike light rail

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The mayor released this rendering of the light rail. (WSMV) The mayor released this rendering of the light rail. (WSMV)
The light rail will run along Gallatin Pike. (WSMV) The light rail will run along Gallatin Pike. (WSMV)
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Pictures of the proposed light rail that would run along the Gallatin Pike Corridor have just been released.

Mayor Megan Barry discussed the project Wednesday morning when she presented her three-year transportation agenda at the Nashville Public Library. 

The plan calls for the light rail to run between the traffic lanes. Gallatin Pike is one of four Metro corridors where the city wants to have the light rail available in the future.

Barry also pushed for the need to make streets safer for bicyclists and pedestrians. That means adding more bike lines and investing about $3 million to improve sidewalks.

One of the goals with these projects is to keep up with the city's growing population. There will be approximately 1 million more Nashville residents by the year 2035.

Barry could not say for sure whether these proposals would cut down on commute time, but she said that is the goal.

"We definitely know if we do nothing it's only going to get worse, so this lays out a plan where we're already doing things. So we just did sync 550 of the traffic lights that reduced times by 24 percent along those corridors, so this is also about reducing times but it's also about making sure it doesn't get worse," Barry said.

While some of these projects are already in the works, they are not set in stone. Nashville residents will get a chance to vote on them in 2018. 

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