Alternative transit plans making rounds after transit referendum fails

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Imagine commuting to work along Nashville’s skyline, by gondola. 

“It makes a lot of sense because we’re not blocking transit, like these other options would do,” said Colby Sledge, Metro Council Member, Dist. 17. 

Or, by double-stacked interstates. 

“We need more lanes, not trains,” said the Office of Diane Black, candidate for Tenn. Governor. 

“When the referendum failed, now is the time to start examining options again,” said Sledge. 

It’s been just over a week since the vote, and now alternatives are floating around.  

Sledge said gondolas or aerial trams just make sense.  

“I really believe that for people to buy into transit, they have to see something happen quickly, have to see something they want to use,” he said. “I think a gondola checks those boxes.” 

Sledge said a gondola would take a little over a year from start to finish. 

It would cost $6 to $12 million a mile. 

“Gondolas can work hand-in-hand with buses and other modes of transportation, but got to start there,” said Sledge. 

Black’s Office said a regional plan is the solution, with double-stacked interstates in downtown Nashville and completing I-840. 

Her office sent us a statement, saying the improvements “would allow commercial traffic to either go around or straight through downtown, reducing traffic in commuter lanes and speeding up commercial travel.”     

The cost of Black’s plan is unclear, but her office said it can be done through a combination of federal, state, and local funding. 

It added Black is open to other solutions that don’t involve raising taxes on Tennesseans.

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