NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) — 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.