Metro’s Transportation Solution brings the city together like never before by creating and enhancing a multi-modal system that connects employees with employers, neighborhoods with neighborhoods, families with amenities, and tourists with attractions.
- People who don’t have cars or choose not to drive can take advantage of –
- enhanced bus service going both downtown and crosstown with more frequency and longer hours; and
- high-capacity transit along nine major arteries into downtown, including four Rapid Bus routes, and five Light Rail Transit (LRT) lines coming into and out of downtown from all directions.
- People who would prefer to take high-capacity transportation if they could get out of their cars have Rapid Bus and Light Rail Transit (LRT) as convenient options they can access by biking, walking or driving to transit centers.
- People who want to bike or walk more can use a network of new bike lanes and sidewalks designed for safe, healthy and convenient travel.
Quality of Life
Metro’s Transportation Solution is a win for everyone, putting everything residents, businesses and visitors love about Music City within easy reach of all. By loosening gridlock’s hold on the city, the plan keeps intact all those things that have made Nashville so attractive as a destination in the first place:
- The sense that everything in Nashville is just a few minutes from wherever you are; with an interconnected transportation system, it still can be.
- The warmth and welcome that comes from an easy pace of life and a friendly, unhurried attitude; transportation options allow us to keep pace and still keep calm.
- The ability for everyone to take advantage of – and not be inconvenienced by – the city’s many amenities, from concerts to sports seasons to festivals; multi-modal transportation means you can attend a major Nashville happening without suffering in traffic, or avoid a major Nashville happening the same way.
The fact is automobile traffic contributes 37% of the county’s greenhouse gas emissions and 85% of the county’s smog. A transportation system will keep thousands of new cars off the road, meaning cleaner air for all of us to breathe. This is especially important to our more vulnerable citizens, such as children and the elderly, helping reduce asthma rates and respiratory issues.
A well-integrated transportation system also produces significant public health benefits, including reduced traffic crashes and pollution emissions, increased physical fitness, improved mental health, and improved basic access to medical care and healthy food.