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'Feasibility' of Nashville Mayor's $1.6 billion transit plan questioned

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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.

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