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Taskforce launched for Nashville's proposed $5.2 billion transit plan

(Metro Gov)

A taskforce has been launched to identify strategies and policies for the proposed $5.2 billion transit plan in Nashville.

The transit plan includes the city's first light rail system and an underground tunnel.

Co-chaired by Mayor Megan Barry, Davidson County Clerk Brenda Wynn and former mayor Bill Purcell, officials say the taskforce will tackle residents concerns.

“Housing and transportation are inseparable issues, as together they represent the highest cost-burdens for most working families,” said Mayor Barry. “If Nashville voters adopt Metro’s Transportation Solution in May of next year, we’ll face a tremendous opportunity to create affordable housing and commercial space along our major pikes and corridors so that Nashville’s future is more equitable. I’m grateful to all the taskforce members for their willingness to help identify and shape policies to ensure our community’s growth and prosperity is inclusive of all.”

Transit for Nashville said it is pleased with the efforts by the mayor and city:

"Our city has come together time and time again to solve big problems, and affordable housing and transportation needs are no exception. The two go hand in hand. More transit options means we’ll all be able to get around the city faster. It’s about better access to jobs, health care and education for everyone.

Transit is an investment in the community. An investment in better public transportation and affordable housing should not be an ‘either/or’; they should be an “and.” This is a positive step forward in creating the best transit plan for Nashville where everyone in the city benefits.” - Transit For Nashville

The first meeting will be held on Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lenz Public Health Center.

Taskforce members:

  • Ashley Northington, Agency Director & Chief Brand Officer of Denor Brands & Public Relations
  • Bill Phillips, Partner with Windrow Phillips Group
  • Councilmember Bob Mendes, Chair of the Ad Hoc Affordable Housing Committee
  • Brent Elrod, Director of Planning and Development with Urban Housing Solutions
  • Hal Cato, CEO of Thistle Farms
  • Hank Helton, Senior Vice President of Pathway Lending
  • State Representative Harold M. Love Jr.
  • Heather Powell, CEO of the Tennessee Kidney Foundation
  • Dr. James Fraser, Vanderbilt Professor and Independent Housing Consultant
  • Lilian Yepez, Co-owner of La Hacienda
  • Mark Deutschmann with Village Real Estate Services and the Urban Land Institute
  • Marshall Crawford, President and CEO of The Housing Fund
  • Michael King, Owner of Monell’s Dining and Catering
  • Nawzad Hawrami, Director of the Salahadeen Center
  • Patrick Green, President of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1235 and member of the PATHE Coalition
  • Paulette Coleman, Chair of the Affordable Housing Task Force of Nashville Organized for Action and Hope (NOAH)
  • Pearl Sims, member of the Edgehill Coalition and the Metro Planning Commission
  • Pete Wooten, Financial Advisor with Pinnacle Financial Partners
  • Phil Ryan, Vice President of Cherry & Associates

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