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Mayor Barry's transit plan passes second vote in Metro Council

(Fox 17 News)

Metro Nashville Council members passed the mayor's $5.4 billion transit plan on the second of three votes at Tuesday's council meeting.

A spokesperson for Mayor Megan Barry confirmed the transit referendum proposal passed 30-6. TransitForNashville, a group in support of the transit plan, tweeted a photo of the voting break down at Tuesday's meeting.

If it passes on the third vote on Feb. 6, the transit plan will be added to a ballot for public vote in May.

About the transit plan

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry proposed the billion-dollar transit plan back in October as a solution for Nashville's 'growing gridlock.'

Key components of the plan include the city's first light rail system, rapid bus transit and increasing the frequency of the existing MTA bus network. Read a full breakdown of the plan here.

Proposals for how to pay for it:

  • Twenty percent surcharge on the business tax.
  • Quarter cent increase in the hotel/motel tax.
  • Twenty percent surcharge on rental cars.
  • Half cent sales tax that will be implemented on July 1, 2018, and will grow to one cent in 2023.
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