'Feasibility' of Nashville Mayor's $1.6 billion transit plan questioned
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne) -- The Nashville City Council Budget Committee gave Mayor John Cooper’s new $1.6 billion transit plan a chilly reception Tuesday night
The plan calls for extensive investment in the city’s bus system, along with synchronized traffic lights, a traffic control center, improved bike paths and sidewalks.
Several members praised Mayor Cooper for shepherding the plan through a lengthy public vetting process. But some members complained the plan lacked detail.
Councilman Bob Mendes called the proposal merely an outline, and not a “specific commitment to any amount at any time for any project.”
A representative of the group Walk-Bike Nashville expressed "concerns about the feasibility of the plan," noting the "lack of a clear timeline for the funding projects contained in the plan.
The full council will get its first look at the transit plan this coming Tuesday night.