As election season gets closer, Mayor David Briley is exploring an idea for the Murfreesboro Pike corridor. It includes the possibility for light rail, the mayor’s office confirms. Briley has discussed the concept with the airport and Convention Center Authority.
The talks have covered either light rail or bus rapid transit, to run along Murfreesboro Pike, from Nashville International to downtown. It’s a stretch of about 10 miles.
If this sounds familiar, part of it isn’t a new idea, at least conceptually.
Under the failed transit plan, voted down by the people, light rail on Murfreesboro Pike was included. It was estimated to cost $828 million. A bus line would be less expensive, although those numbers have not been made available.
The mayor’s office says Briley isn’t pushing a plan but is getting the conversation started to find a better way to get in and out of the airport, and to and from downtown Nashville.