Mayor Dean focuses on education, mass transit in State of Metro - WKRN News 2

Mayor Dean focuses on education, mass transit in State of Metro

Posted: Updated: Apr 30, 2014 12:34 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Education and mass transit were Nashville Mayor Karl Dean’s top priorities in his seventh State of Metro Address delivered Wednesday morning from the Rolling Mill Hill Greenway overlooking downtown Nashville.

The mayor’s proposed spending plan includes $27.5 million in new funding for Metro Schools to, in part, fund Dr. Jesse Register’s plan to expand pre-K.

Dean also included $110 million in capital spending for the school district, largely to make improvements to and renovate city schools.

The mayor is also recommending funding for bus rapid transit “lite” service on Charlotte Pike and Nolensville Pike, citing the success of the service already in place on Gallatin Pike and Murfreesboro Pike.

Bus rapid transit “lite” service has fewer stops making the routes faster and more efficient but does not require dedicated lanes.

Dean said, “At the rate our city is growing, we’re all going to need better transit services, whether you use them or not. If services are better, more people will take transit and that means fewer cars on the street.”

Among the new initiatives funded in the budget include the creation of a resource center for victims of domestic violence and an Office of Public Guardian to enhance the protection of those in need of conservatorship and guardianship services.

The mayor also proposed changes to the city’s benefit system to recognize domestic partner benefits, making Nashville the third city in Tennessee to do so.

Mayor Dean also included a 1% raise for all Metro employees, full and part time.
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