Group Marches Against Transit Plan

Posted at 7:09 PM, Mar 03, 2018

A group of people set out to walk for change they want to see. Local faith and community leaders gathered in downtown Nashville to voice concerns about Mayor Megan Barry's multi-billion dollar transit plan.

The group People's Alliance for Transit, Housing, and Employment (PATHE) walked from the Pedestrian Bridge to Bridgestone Arena on Saturday.

They held signs and chanted against the transit plan.

"To know that ppl are pushing for what is right in our city I feel very good about it that's what we need," Edgehill resident Betty Davis said.

Organizers said they want more money to go toward an expanded 24-hour bus service, as well as affordable housing and living-wage jobs.

After crossing the Pedestrian Bridge, participants prayed near Bridgestone Arena.

PATHE organizers said part of the walk's focus was for local leaders to prioritize building 31,000 affordable homes by 2025, expand to 24-hour bus service with new routes in transit deserts, and ensure living wage construction jobs and certified apprenticeship programs for transit oriented development.

They said these steps would help ensure that the Let’s Move Forward transit plan advances economic equity. 

“I see them do a lot, but I never seen them do nothing for housing,” said Angelique Johnson, of Music City Riders United. “I've never seen them build affordable housing, and that's what affects me because a lot of people around me they are homeless or they have been displaced. A lot of my family and friends have been pushed out.”

Voters will decide on the transit plan in May.