Advocates for public transportation are urging Gov. Bill Haslam to make public transportation funding a part of his infrastructure plan this year. "Roads and bridges are obviously critically important,” says Jason Spain, executive director of the Tennessee Public Transportation Association. “If we're talking about a comprehensive look at our infrastructure system in Tennessee, it has to include public transportation.
This month the Tennessee Transit Coalition – comprised of Spain's group, as well as AARP and the Tennessee Disability Coalition and others – delivered 1,000 signatures from 60 counties to the governor's desk, letting him know that public transportation is a priority for their communities.
It's no secret that Gov. Bill Haslam is planning on introducing legislation that will increase the state's gas tax to help shed some of Tennessee's $8 billion back log in transportation funding. But a better-kept secret is what Tennessee voters think money raised from an increased gas tax should actually go to, and what voters think the state should spend that money on will go to the hearts of almost all Middle Tennesseans — transit.
If the gas tax is increased, 57 percent of respondents support increased funding for biking, walking and transit, according to a poll conducted by the Social Work Office of Research and Public Service at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.
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Rover, the City of Murfreesboro’s public transportation system, recently surpassed a significant milestone—the 2 million mark in ridership. Rover officially began service in April 2007.
“While the names and faces have changed over the past decade, Rover continues to provide excellent customer service,” said Assistant Transpiration Director Nellie Patton. “Thanks to all the staff, management, and patrons for continuing to utilize and support Rover as we anticipate serving our next million riders.”
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This morning before a joint board meeting of the Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) and Regional Transportation Authority of Middle Tennessee (RTA), Nashville MTA and RTA CEO Steve Bland presented draft findings of the comprehensive 25-year plan designed to meet Nashville and the region’s vision for transit. The nMotion plan includes input from more than 18,000 area citizens and reflects the work completed under other efforts including NashvilleNext and the Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Regional Transit Vision. The release of the nMotion Strategic Plan begins a 30-day public review period, after which the plan will be back before the MTA and RTA boards for approval in September.
Click here for documents related to today's announcement, including a 4-page transit plan summary, the final Community Engagement Report, a press release announcing the plan's recommendations and the nMotion draft transit plan recommendations.
Regional elected and transportation officials adopted a 25-year transportation plan, Middle Tennessee Connected, that's expected to cost $8.5 billion to cover infrastructure costs.
- Gov. Haslam's plan would allow local referendums for transit funding
- Mass transit has mass appeal for Tennessee
- Poll: Tennesseans are willing to pay at the pump for transit
- Rep. Clemmons proposes infrastructure plan with funding for transit
- New Park and Ride facility opens in Clarksville
- Murfreesboro "Rover" public transportation system surpasses 2 million mark in ridership
- nMotion transit plan for Nashville and Middle Tennessee region unveiled
- Transportation officials adopt $8.5 billion, 25-year plan
- Lawmakers eye private sector boost for regional transit
- State could be key for Nashville regional transit hopes