Nashville voters will decide today if the city will adopt a multi-billion dollar transit plan.
If the referendum passes, the $5.4 billion plan would pave the way for 26 miles of light rail transit, expanded bus service and an underground tunnel downtown. The plan raises four taxes — including sales tax — and is scheduled to be completed in 2032.
Nashville voters at Westmeade Elementary School spoke to Rover this afternoon about the proposed transit plan.
April Rider, a resident of Nashville, said that increasing taxes is one of the reasons she cannot support the plan. She said the city should consider other options.
“If I wanted the high taxes, I would live somewhere like New York,” Rider said. “They came up with one way, and that’s the only way we can vote. There have to be more options, they just haven’t figured them out yet.”
Nashville resident Sherry Terry said that although she would like to see a solution to the city's traffic problems, she doesn’t believe this plan will alleviate traffic in the most congested areas.
“I don’t want to have to pay the taxes when it’s not going to solve the problem in the problem areas,” Terry said. “I’m all for something if it will hit the parts where there’s a ton of traffic, but this doesn’t.”
Michael Patton, who moved to Nashville last fall, said a solution is needed regardless of today's outcome.
“Whether it passes or not, we need something that relieves congestion,” Patton said.
Polls close today at 7 p.m. You can find your polling location and other voter registration information here.