"It's very convenient," says bus rider Randall Davis. "It's cheaper than putting gas in your car."
Someday soon Randall Davis could be waiting in a different spot. Nashville is thinking of building something similar to Cleveland's bus rapid transit system, complete with raised bus stops in the center of the road, 2 bus only lanes and outside ticket machines.
"Gas is high so I mean it's the cheapest way," says Cleveland bus rider Donovan Fort.
Cleveland's system is popular with students and people who work along the route. MTA Director of Planning Jim McAteer believes the route here would even attract people who live and work outside the route, because it will go by so many different attractions along West End, downtown, and East Nashville.
"Once we build it I think there will be significant demand along other corridors to grow that system," says MTA's Jim McAteer.
It will come with changes for drivers. You'll only make left hand turns at stoplights and the 2 middle lanes will be for buses only. Now, obviously taking away the 2 center lanes for buses would be a big change for lower Broadway. As of now, the plan isn't to simply do with less lanes of traffic. Instead, they're thinking about taking away all the parking and letting people drive home on the side. Another change supporters say is needed to give people a reason to leave their cars at home. Bus officials say they're still waiting for new guidelines to apply for federal money to help pay for the transit system. There's no word yet how Nashville will raise the necessary local money that will be needed. They do say the project here would not take as long to construct as the project in Cleveland.
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