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Carriage Companies Concerned with Route Restrictions

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by Chris Conte

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Horse-drawn carriages owners in downtown Nashville have spoken out about a temporary change in the route they have to travel.

The carriage owners said the route has put too much stress on their horses.

"There (are) a lot of hills to climb and it's a lot of wear and tear on these horses and the equipment," said Sara Beth Williams, owner of Cumberland Carriage Tours.

Sara and her horse, Paige, have had to travel a specific route of Broadway and 5th avenue, which includes about three different hills.

The Metropolitan Council has heard their concerns and has been considering an ordinance which would create a zone around downtown Nashville, giving horse-drawn carriage companies more freedom to go where they choose. 

"We wouldn't be limited to certain timed rides because right not the limit we have is about 20 minutes," Williams said.

The ordinance passed a first reading on October 1 and was currently still being considered.


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