By. Chris Stritzel
During her annual Sate of the Metro address outside of the Bridgestone Arena, Mayor Barry unveiled her ambitions to get a Light Rail Line rolling. The plan is to have a line that runs along Main Street (which turns into Gallatin Pike) and run it up through East Nashville. The planned line presents the citizens of Nashville and East Nashville with a opportunity to visit places of the City that they normally wouldn't adventure to. Following this statement, in my opinion, it will also expand the boom in construction eastward and help redevelop other parts of Nashville.
The Gallatin Pike Line is the first of five potential Light Rail Corridors laid out in the nMotion 2015 plan. Although other lines have been taken into consideration, the line chosen is the one that will be the most beneficial to the people of East Nashville. The Gallatin Pike is Nashville's most traveled thoroughfare. With this, it also brings a heavy load of congestion and Bus Riders. The Light Rail Line plans to reduce congestion and make service more frequently than the bus services. That in itself it a big plus for East Nashville and the whole of the Metro Region.
Furthermore, the Line will help workers who work Downtown get to their jobs faster. Why? They will be riding on the train instead of sitting in traffic for close to an hour. So that is a big plus to those workers. The Gallatin Pike Rail Line will also help with the modernization of the infrastructure in Nashville and will contribute to the future of infrastructure here. But the line won't break ground just yet. As Megan Barry said in her Sate of the Metro address, funding for the project would have to be voted on by the people in 2018. She plans to have a referendum on this subject in the 2018 year.
If the Light Rail Line gets underway under Mayor Barry's watch, it will be her largest and longest lasting legacy of being Mayor of Nashville. As time goes on, more information will be made available about this project such as the exact stops, costs and fees as well as what the Referendum will entail.