All of the
candidates for mayor have issued statements or published position papers addressing
the issue of mass transit and traffic congestion. Polls of what Nashvillians care about list
mass transit and traffic among the top issues. The long hard-fought battle to
stop the AMP caused people to focus on the issue of mass transit. And, people’s own personal experience of
dealing with Nashville traffic has elevated the issue. I have lived in
Nashville most of my adult life and I remember when we could brag that
Nashville was a “15-minute city," meaning you could get anywhere you wanted to
go in fifteen minute. That changed a long time ago. Traffic is a serious issue and good big
cities have mass transit. It is fitting that traffic and transit are important issues.
Below are my thoughts on the issue.