Mayor’s Race 2019: To Ease Traffic, Candidates Float Ideas Other Than Mass Transit

Mayor’s Race 2019: To Ease Traffic, Candidates Float Ideas Other Than Mass Transit

One of the easiest things to complain about in Nashville is traffic, but what to do about it is a more difficult question for the candidates for mayor.

In recent interviews, WPLN asked the candidates what their first moves would be on transportation. Many of their answers are more about easing congestion — but not necessarily through mass transit…

Meanwhile, Councilman John Cooper puts somewhat more focus on buses. He fought hard against last year’s transit expansion plan, but said he now wants to salvage some of its ideas.

“You’re going to need better bus service. You’re going to need bus shelters. You’e going to need park-and-rides if this is going to work,” Cooper said. “All that is trivially expensive compared to last year’s $9 billion plan.”

“You need to go ahead and have it up next year,” he said.