Nashville wants transit overhaul, but unsure about Mayor Barry's plan, Vandy poll says

(Metro Nashville Photos)

It's no secret that Nashvillians want a transit overhaul -- but a new poll from Vanderbilt University says some residents are unsure about Mayor Megan Barry's bold plan.

The mayor's $8.9 billion plan is up for vote on the May 1 ballot in Davidson County. It includes the city's first light rail system, rapid bus transit and increasing the frequency of the existing MTA bus network.

A poll by Vanderbilt University found that 42 percent were in favor of Barry's plan, 28 percent were opposed and 30 percent said they still didn't know enough about the plan to have opinion. The poll questioned 800 Davidson County voters and was conducted Feb. 8 to Feb. 19.

The 15-year transit plan is the biggest proposal in Metro history. According to the poll, more than 70 percent say the May 1 vote will be an essential step for the transit plan.

This is all happening while the city looks to adapt to growing pains. The poll said 75 percent think the city is growing too fast and the city is struggling to keep up.

“What’s striking is that there’s been a real decline in optimism about the future since we started polling in 2015,” said CSDI co-director, Josh Clinton, Abby and Jon Winkelreid Professor of Political Science. “Sixty-four percent of residents thinking the city is on the right track is still a very good number, but our poll reveals that there are differences in opinion about whether the city is on the right track or not based on how well-off someone is. We are seeing larger cracks in people’s enthusiasm about the future direction of Nashville.”

The findings were released after another poll regarding Barry and her admitted affair with the former head of her security detail.

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