Nashville considers $5.2 billion transit plan that includes tunnel

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Updated Dec 9, 2017
Nashville’s mayor unveils $5.2 billion plan to relieve traffic congestion.Nashville’s mayor unveils $5.2 billion plan to relieve traffic congestion.

As Nashville, Tennessee, continues to grow, its mayor says it’s time to consider a tunnel for light rail service and rapid buses to relieve ever-increasing traffic congestion.

The proposals are part of Mayor Megan Barry’s $5.2 billion “Let’s Move Nashville” plan that could go before voters May 1.

The proposed tunnel would be 1.8 miles long and have three underground rail stops between Music City Central and a new SoBro transit center, according to The tunnel would cost $936 million, according to The proposal is being studied, and the Metro Council is expected to decide in January or February whether the measure makes the ballot, WKRN reports. The tunnel would be completed in 2027.

Other highlights of the project:

  • Improve and expand bus service.
  • Build a light rail system traveling five major corridors.
  • Provide 25 miles of rapid bus service along Dickerson, Clarksville Pike, West End and Hillsboro.
  • Build about 24 neighborhood transit centers throughout Davidson County for boarding and exiting buses and provide commuter park and ride space.