Clarksville Mayor Says Transit Plan's Failure Is A Setback

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - Whether it was the $9 billion price tag or the tax increases to pay for it, Transit for Nashville is dead leaving local leaders to head back to the drawing boards. However, they won't be the only ones. 

"Traffic congestion is not going to end, this is not stopping so we got to continue to work hard and figure out a way that's acceptable to the voters," Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan said. 

McMillan kept a close eye on the transit plan and how voters reacted to it.

"If they reacted favorably then we might look to what do we need to do next in the outlying counties," she explained. "Hoping that it will expand out to relieve a lot of the traffic congestion in a regional effort for people going to in to Nashville and coming out."

McMillan serves on the board and as the chairman for the Regional Transit Authority, she believes the vote against the transit plan is a setback.

"We had hoped that we would have the start of what could appear to be a solution to this problem," said McMillan. 

While local leaders regroup McMillan suggests a different approach the next time around. "Bite off everything in one bite or maybe look at phasing in different parts of a plan," she said. 

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