Nashville transit - an issue that's not going away
There are mixed feelings about the failed transit referendum in Metro Nashville.
For starters, we must keep in mind that many of those who voted "No" stated very clearly that they are not anti-transit.
Some of the "No" votes believed that the referendum was a way to spend billions of dollars without addressing the real source of Nashville's traffic gridlock. As one comment on Facebook reflected: "a light rail train down West End won't solve traffic gridlock between Nashville and Franklin."
Some of the "No" voters had simply lost their confidence in the mayor who was behind the proposal and who subsequently resigned from office.
At the same time, some of the "Yes" votes were people who were not fully on board with the proposals in the referendum, but who thought that anything beats the status quo.
All things considered, we must take note that conversations about transit in Nashville are ongoing and proposals are in the works.
One example of both a proposal and a conversation is the project to develop a mixed-used neighborhood around the Donelson station for the Music City Star.
When the dust settles and a new mayor takes office, we believe that conversations and proposals will move forward again. Of course, what we really need is action - action that helps ease the gridlock in Music City!