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Downtown Traffic Is Bad, But Could Get Better

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By Adam Ghassemi

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The CMA Music Festival brings a sea of people into Music City. That means traffic can quickly go from bad to a downright standstill.

"We got a hotel a little bit out of the city, so cab down and then walk," one driver said out her window Thursday.

Even though it may look like a nightmare, downtown could be a lot worse.

Nashville-based Gray Line is one option that gives people rides between downtown and the Opryland area or airport hotels.

"So people don't have to get in their cars and drive downtown and pay enormous amounts of money for parking," said spokeswoman Jennifer Powers.

She said that keeps a few extra thousand cars off the highways and downtown streets, which would otherwise leave even more people waiting at a dead stop.

"The volume of cars that would impact the downtown area, we would not be able to handle that as a city," Powers said.

There are dozens of free shuttles moving people around downtown.

Some people know paying will keep them out of the confusion.

"We're better off taking the four-day pass, leave our car at the hotel where it's safe and just walk," said Michigan Visitor Peggy Haywood.

Nashville MTA plans to announce public meetings to get input on a new BRT - or bus rapid transit system. They said that system will help during major events, like CMA Music Fest, tremendously. So far their buses have seen a 7 percent increase in riders.

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