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A Closer Look At What A Nashville Light Rail Could Look Like
by TJ Anderson
When the news came through in April that East Nashville would be the first location for a potential light rail transit system here, the response was mixed. Some locals celebrated it as a strong solution to Nashville’s traffic woes. Some East Nashvillians worried that it’d clog up Gallatin Pike further by limiting driving space. Others argued that self-driving cars would solve our traffic problems long before the first rider stepped onto a light rail.
It’s still way, way too early to know what the results of a Nashville light rail system would be — the transit funding referendum won’t even happen until May 2018. But now, we can at least get a better idea of what the proposed rail would look like.
A report issued last week by the Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority gave some more visual insight into what Mayor Megan Barry and others have in mind for both the initial run in East Nashville, and beyond.
The imagery might at least assuage some East Nashvillians’ concerns about a light rail shrinking the driving space. But as a piece in The Tennessean points out, lots of challenges are clear, even with these potential first steps, from dealing with right-of-way issues to accommodating sidewalks.
If you’re a visual thinker like me, you still might find this slideshow from Nashville Business Journal helpful in wrapping your head around how our city’s hoping to move forward with mass transit, as we continue to grow.
The mixed response
Still not sure how you feel about the light-rail possibility? Months after the announcement, there’s a lot to dig into, and very little consensus.
For anyone who's perplexed by the possibilities, here’s a little more reading, to get a sense of the pros/cons being tossed around:
The Tennessean: “Real estate professionals believe the plan would boost property values and lead to new investment in the surrounding neighborhoods as mixed-use transit-oriented developments are located along the routes.”
Nashville Business Journal: “James Moore, director of transportation engineering with the University of Southern California, argues that cities focused on building light-rail systems rather than bus rapid-transit systems are not only costing themselves millions of dollars, but they are pouring money into a system that will not be successful, potentially causing those cities to ‘hover at the edge of bankruptcy forever.’”
What do you think? Could you see yourself voting for/supporting the light rail proposal? If it comes about, do you think you’d ride it? Would a light rail line influence where you wanted to buy a home in Nashville? I’d love to see your feedback.
And if you need help finding a new home in Nashville — on a proposed light rail line or otherwise — please let me know. Call or email TJ Anderson Homes, tell us a little about what you’re looking for, and we’ll get to work.
TJ Anderson is a Nashville Realtor with Benchmark Realty who's helped countless clients both buy a home and sell a home in Nashville, Tennessee. He blogs about Nashville regularly, from Nashville-area....
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