Mayor Barry phone survey hints at light rail funding sources - WSMV News 4

Mayor Barry phone survey hints at light rail funding sources

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A major Nashville transit proposal will be unveiled in the coming weeks, according to Mayor Megan Barry’s transportation manager Mary Beth Ikard.

News 4 spoke with Ikard Friday about details of the proposal, which are coming into focus with the release of a new telephone survey about the transit plan.

“We think we have a pretty good idea of what transit solutions Middle Tennesseans like to see, and so we’ll be putting out a plan that marries up with that,” Ikard said. “We’re working as hard as we can to get a plan out to the community in a couple of weeks.”

The survey was commissioned by Mayor Barry’s re-election campaign and touches on a variety of issues from the mayor’s approval rating, to the transit plan and even Metro police oversight.

The survey asks about support for a potential 30-year, $5 billion transit plan which the mayor has openly supported since taking office. It also mentions four potential revenue sources for the transit plan including higher sales taxes, hotel taxes, car registration fees and business taxes.

Ikard declined to comment on the potential revenue sources specifically.

“We’re kind of limited on what we can look at via the Improve Act,” she added. “But we think it will be a proposal that Middle Tennesseans can get behind.”

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