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Metro Council Approves Mayor's Transit Plan Referendum

Posted at 6:35 AM, Feb 06, 2018

Metro Nashville council members voted to put a multi-billion transit referendum for the May ballot for Davidson County voters.

The $5.4 billion transit plan calls for 26 miles of light rail, a downtown tunnel connector, and expansion of the city's bus system.

Metro Council members voted 34-2 to give final approval to the issue.  The vote came after about an hour of discussion.

Before the vote, council members discussed an amendment backed by all five at-large council members that would list two figures on the ballot: the present-day $5.4 billion figure and the revenue amount of $8.95 billion.

They voted 21-16 to approve the amendment that would add both figures on the transit referendum ballot.  Supporters said the additional information would provide more clarity for voters.

Debate on the plan has been ongoing for the last few months. Supporters have said this is an important investment in the city's future. Opponents have expressed concerns about how not all residents would benefit from the plan. They also feel the city has more pressing issues, such as affordable housing, that needs to be addressed first.

Davidson County residents will vote on the issue May 1. Early voting will be from April 11-26.