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Everything you need to know about Nashville’s $5.4 billion mass-transit vote

 

By   – Reporter, Nashville Business Journal – Marcy 27, 2018

 

In just over a month, Nashvillians will either endorse Metro’s $5.4 billion mass-transit proposal or the city will go back to the drawing board.

Advocates say a successful referendum would put Nashville on the path to becoming a leading metropolis; critics say it exposes the city to undue financial risk. Either way, it’s a vote that will shape Nashville’s future.

As proposed, Nashville’s transit plan includes 28.4 miles of light rail, a transit tunnel beneath downtown Nashville, four rapid-bus routes and improvements to the city’s existing bus system. The majority of the plan is financed through four tax increases, including raising the sales-tax rate from 9.25 percent to 10.25 percent in 2023. All tax increases would sunset in 2068.

Since former Mayor Megan Barry announced the plan in October, we’ve covered it extensively, diving into the numbers, ridership projections and controversy every step of the way.

It’s easy to get lost in the debate, so below you’ll find links to our transit coverage, categorized by topic.

What the plan actually includes:

Here’s the story we wrote when Mayor Barry rolled out the plan in October

Barry later extended the Charlotte Avenue light-rail line, adding $240 million to the plan’s price tag

Here’s our cost-per-mile breakdown of the light-rail portion of the plan

How Nashville would pay for the plan:

Our story from Barry’s announcement

How the city would pay for the Charlotte Avenue extension

What the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce says it would cost you per day

On federal funding:

What we know about the plan’s dependency on federal dollars

How President Trump’s infrastructure bill might change the game

On the $5.4 billion v. $8.9 billion cost estimates:

Background on the debate

On what you’ll see on your ballot:

Here’s the language Metro Council approved in February

On what the experts are saying:

Those in support: Read this and this

Those against: Read this and this

On Transit for Nashville:

Here’s when the group launched: Read this and this

Here’s when they unveiled their petition signatures

An early sign of their strength

A look at their biggest donors

Here’s their platform

On NoTax4Tracks:

Here’s when the group launched

Why former mayoral candidate David Fox signed on

When they had a shift in leadership

When they began gaining more local support

Here’s their platform