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Report: Middle Tennessee transit lags behind demand

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A recently released report says that if predictions of population and job growth for Middle Tennessee are accurate, the region's current transportation network is lagging far behind the increasing demand for services.

According to The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/1Ng1WPN ), the September report found that Regional Transit Authority of Middle Tennessee services aren't suited for typical commuters, express buses aren't fast enough and park-and-ride lots aren't conveniently located.

The report suggests adding more buses and trains, creating more stations and installing additional highway lanes exclusive for RTA buses.

The report cites predictions that indicate populations in the 10-county region of Davidson, Cheatham, Dickson, Maury, Montgomery, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson and Wilson counties will grow by 80 percent, from 1.7 million residents in 2010 to 3.1 million in 2040.