Mayor hopes funding will aid costs of East-West Connector - WKRN News 2

Mayor hopes to receive funding to aid costs of East-West Connector


Nashville Mayor Karl Dean is hoping to receive millions of dollars from Washington DC for the proposed East-West Connector mass transit project.

"The key element to this phase is to do the federal application for federal funding.  That could happen this year, 2012 or it could happen early 2013," Ed Cole, Executive Director of Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee said.

The total cost for the seven and a half mile project is expected to be around $175 million.

The project is expected to include dedicated inside lanes for what is being termed as bus rapid transit and could help reduce travel time of a trip from downtown to West End during peak rush hour by at least 25%.

MTA studied ways to link the neighborhoods of Five Points in east Nashville to Harding Pike at White Bridge Road west of town for the last year and determined the dedicated bus lanes would be the best option.

The mass transit project is expected to be complete by 2015.

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