Volunteers Presenting Alternatives To Nashville’s Proposed $9 Billion Transit Plan Build Strong Case

A group that is opposed to the $9 billion light rail transit plan is making waves on social media.

Better Transit for Nashville’s Facebook page like count reached nearly 2,900 last week compared to Transit for Nashville’s page total of just under 2,700, the former reports in an email newsletter. BTN calls itself an all-volunteer local group.

BTN’s popularity may be due in part to its running the numbers on the light rail plan’s alleged drawbacks. Nor is Facebook the only social media platform BTN is using effectively. Its YouTube page has posted a number of videos laying out details such as this: “In 2.5 years, (ex-Mayor Megan) Barry spent $2.4 million on frills, bodyguards & her love affair. The video has all the data. Now she wants to spend $8.9 BILLION for a transit plan that directly serves the rich & only 2% or less of commuters. The plan will spend $568,000 per current transit rider.”

The per rider number is garnered from an $8.9 billion cost divided current transit riders totaling 15,650. BTN cites these sources: MTA audits; apta.com

BTN says light rail will serve parts of five roadways and 6 percent of downtown workers.

The group contends light rail will benefit the owners of downtown properties along the rail corridors: “Their corp./businesses will increase in value due to artificial govt. economic boost to ‘transit.’ Their land values near LRT/BRT will increase artificially. They will continue to get business from Metro’s $2+ billion annual budgets.”

Another BTN video points out, “Megan Barry’s Metro govt has spent at least $243 million more than Metro’s revenues. In her first 7 months in office, she spent $1.28 million adding cosmetic changes to the mayor’s office, without any announcement about the project. Some of the changes: sliding glass doors, ergonomic work stations, refurbished receptionist area, new paint. The purpose was to create a ‘more modern, open and transparent working environment.’”

BTN says, in its newsletter, that Transit for Nashville has $2 million to push for the transit plan, while the opposition group has “a few thousand.” However, Better Transit for Nashville appears to be getting more bang for its buck as it reports polls show those opposed to and for the plan are about even — but 30 percent of those polled are undecided.

BTN also points to an outside group that is presenting alternative plans: “Group Plan B Nashville is presenting mass transit alternatives. Learn more on their website and FB page. Plan B website: http://nashvilleplanb.com/

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5 Thoughts to “Volunteers Presenting Alternatives To Nashville’s Proposed $9 Billion Transit Plan Build Strong Case”

  1. SEIU

    Once we take over the new transit system we’ll work toward running the WHOLE city.

  2. Not My Mayor

    The new transit plan will be another taxpayer funded, government owned, Union manipulated, transportation system

  3. Steve Travis

    Where is the $2 MM budget to “push” the transit plan coming from? Taxpayer funds?

  4. Jean LaRue-White

    Just say ,NO! Research other cities who have gone through, Bankruptcy! Didn’t end well! No exceptions!

  5. Wolf Woman

    Megan Barry was a typical progressive/socialist mayor, a fundamentalist believer in political correctness, multiculturalism and the “let’s just print more money” and “raise taxes” school of economics. That’s why the democrats had such hopes for her in the party.

    We can see the results of her ideology in the dems’ control of cities like SF, LA, NYC, Chicago, etc. – spend, spend and spend more for splashy public projects and welfare entitlements, paid for by those who are never helped by these socialist politicians but always gouged by taxes until they have to leave the city for surrounding areas.

    A big thanks to all of those working to defeat this ridiculous transit plan on steroids.