Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Councilman Josh Stites wants BRT route study for Charlotte Avenue

Josh Stites
Good for Josh Stites.  I don't know the best route for the proposed BRT but do think other routes ought to also be considered..  There is a lot of opposition to the West End portion of the proposed route and concern about the impact on West End vehicular traffic, and there are people who actually want a Charlotte route. Charlotte would be less disruptive. 

I accept that the ARC needs to connect two destinations and it needs to go downtown. Connecting White Bridge Road and Five Points makes sense and passing by universities and hospitals makes sense. Also, Mid Town is set to have increased density and mass transit needs density to work. I would think a route that connects Green Hills to downtown would also make a lot of sense. We need to start somewhere and that route may be in the future.   If we want to create a mass transit system that is used my more than just the urban poor, the West End route is more attractive than the Charlotte route. However, before we fund any route we should at least look at other options and have some public input.

Nashville councilman wants BRT route study for Charlotte Avenue

by Michael Cass, The Tennessean, June 11, 2013-A Metro councilman wants to amend Mayor Karl Dean’s capital spending plan to require the Metro Transit Authority to study the feasibility of a bus rapid transit route along Charlotte Avenue.

The amendment, filed by Councilman Josh Stites for a council vote tonight, would preserve the $7.5 million in engineering funding Dean is seeking to advance the project known as The Amp. But while Dean has said the proper route is from the Five Points area of East Nashville to the White Bridge Road area of West Nashville along West End Avenue, Stites’ plan for the funding would “include a feasibility study of the use of Charlotte Avenue as an alternate route. (To read more and see an animation that shows riding bus rapid transit in Nashville follow this link.)

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