$5.4 Billion Nashville transit plan up for Tuesday vote in Metro Council

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Metro Council will meet for the first time following an admitted affair by Nashville Mayor Megan Barry to vote on a transit plan.

Barry’s lofty transit plan comes with a $5.4 billion price tag and has faced its share of scrutiny and praise. On Tuesday night, the council will have a third and final vote to decide whether or not it will be on the Spring ballot. The council could decide to defer the vote until August, meaning the city-wide vote wouldn't happen until this Fall.

Barry proposed the multi-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.

It’s unclear if Barry’s affair with head of her security Sgt. Rob Forrest will impact Tuesday night’s vote as a TBI investigation into possible misuse of taxpayer dollars is ongoing.

A Metro spokesperson released a statement Monday night saying it isn’t believed Barry and Forrest attempted to misuse taxpayer money to support their affair.

“Mayor Barry has never sought reimbursement for meals or other expenses related to travel. She has never sought to financially benefit from any of the travel she has taken on behalf of the city. We believe that at no time did Mayor Barry or Sgt. Forrest ever attempt to use taxpayer dollars to support their extramarital affair.” - Metro Spokesperson

The statement goes into more detail on questions brought up in an investigative report from FOX 17 News’ Dennis Ferrier.

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