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Challenges of moving forward after transit plan failed

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The failed mass transit plan was supposed to make Nashville a more walking and biking friendly city, but now locals are wondering what happens next to take care of their communities’ needs.

Some of Nashville’s major corridors need help, and it won’t get a boost after the vote.

“We have definitely reached out to all of Metro Council and the mayor to emphasize that now more than ever if anything the sidewalk and bikeways funding is really critical,” said Nora Kern, the executive director of the nonprofit Walk Bike Nashville.

Kern said the city can make cheaper fixes.

“Particularly in our urban areas, we still don’t really have a very complete bicycle network,” said Kern. “And then for walking, we are really focused on crosswalks along our transit corridors.”

Getting the money for those projects will be a challenge.

“I think we have the basics of pothole money and maintaining what we’ve got,” said Metro District 19 Councilman Freddie O’Connell. “But I don’t know what our sidewalks program is going to look like. I don’t know what our bikeways program is going to look like.”

On Friday, O’Connell went to a meeting about walking and biking. Carrying out the city’s plan to improve it will take more than what Nashville can give right now.

“We’re actually looking at a shortfall instead of a surplus on the revenue front. I think it’s going to be really challenging to deliver on some of these infrastructure things,” said O’Connell.

Projects funded a few years ago are currently in the works.

Click to look up where sidewalks and bike lanes are being designed and constructed in Nashville.

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