Commuters weigh in on next steps for transit

Nashville 2019

After Nashville voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected Metro Nashville’s transit plan, many are now asking what’s next. 
 
As organizers revisit the drawing board, News 2 asked commuters what they want to see happen. 
 
News 2 talked to people who take the Music City Star, public transportation that roughly 1,000 commuters use every day. 
 
Danielle Nathaniel is one of those riders. 
 
“I wanted to see an impact on the interstate,” said Nathaniel. “I didn’t see how it was going to get some traffic off of 40, 24, 440.” 
 
Many riders News 2 spoke to said they felt the transit plan didn’t do much for outlying neighborhoods. 
 
What do they want to see? 
 
“I need it to cater every part of Nashville, not just downtown,” said Nathaniel. 
 
“I’m hoping the next transit plan will address the Star and increase frequency of travel,” said Michael Kokodynsky. 
 
“I would like to see more trains added, at least one or two so you could work a 10-hour day,” said Margaret Allaman. “I think that would help a lot of people.” 
 
MTA officials said despite Tuesday’s vote, those expanded services are on the table. 
 
The agency is working on a study on the south corridor between Nashville, Williamson and Maury counties to see what can be done on Interstate 65. 
 
Also, the potential of a bus route between Nashville and Murfreesboro. 
 
The goal — to ease congestion. 
 
The catch though, MTA officials said, is getting that dedicated funding. 

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