Everything you need to know about Nashville’s $5.4 billion mass-transit vote
By Meg Garner 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:
How Nashville would pay for the plan:
On federal funding:
On the $5.4 billion v. $8.9 billion cost estimates:
On what you’ll see on your ballot:
On what the experts are saying:
On Transit for Nashville: