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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – In Nashville, voters will decide Tuesday on whether to fund a $5.4 billion transit plan that will eventually cost about $9 billion after interest and operating fees.
The plan calls for a 26-mile new light rail system on five major corridors, upgrades to the city bus system and an underground tunnel downtown.
New taxes would pay for the plan with an increase in sales, hotel, business and rental car taxes.
Nashvillians have been divided on the plan.
Proponents say the plan would help relieve traffic congestion. Critics say it relies too much on light rail.
News 2 covered the upcoming vote with a series of special reports:
- Transit plan given life by Tenn. lawmakers now issue in governor’s campaign
- Mayor Briley says transit is next logical step for Nashville
- Group says there are other options besides multi-billion transit plan
- Could ridesharing be part of traffic solution in Nashville?
- Who will mass transit benefit if passed in Nashville?
- Concerned owners argue transit plan could put them out of business
- Surrounding counties watch as Nashvillians head to polls on transit plan
- What could yes, no vote on transit mean for Rutherford County commuters?