Beacon releases ‘long-awaited’ transit alternative

The Beacon Center, a conservative think tank, has released what it bills as its “long-awaited” alternative to Nashville’s failed transit proposal. It includes calls to end incentives and grants for companies to move downtown, lifting restrictions on private shuttle companies, and promote telecommuting.

The plan also calls for traffic signals to control access to downtown interstates, diverting trucks onto I-840, and converting HOV lanes into toll lanes.

See the whole report here. While the Beacon Center (and board member Lee Beaman, the Nashville auto dealer) hold great sway in the heavily Republican General Assembly, their influence in the just as heavily Democratic Metro Council is considerably less.

Release from the Beacon Center:

NASHVILLE –  Today, the Beacon Center of Tennessee released its long-awaited alternate transit plan for Nashville. The solutions offered are not only cost-effective and efficient but can also be implemented quickly to solve congestion problems immediately. This comes months after the unaffordable and ineffective Let’s Move Nashville transit plan proposed by Metro government was overwhelmingly defeated at the polls. In January, Beacon held a forum called Off Track: What’s Wrong with Nashville’s Transit Plan & What We Should Do Instead where experts reviewed the proposed plan and offered alternative solutions to alleviate congestion. Since that forum, Beacon has been researching and studying other transit proposals and solutions across the country.

Ron Shultis, the Policy Coordinator for the Beacon Center who helped author Beacon’s plan said, “It is important that we are not just against something, but also have solutions to the problems we face as a city and a state. We have to be proactive in addressing the congestion in Nashville. We listened to the citizens and came up with a plan that does much more to alleviate congestion and offer alternate forms of transportation. This plan uses common sense and each proposed option can be implemented by itself making it much more affordable and effective.”

One Response to Beacon releases ‘long-awaited’ transit alternative

  • Avatar
    Stuart I. Anderson says:

    It’s a joke!! Taxpayers are asked to bribe companies to move downtown then they are asked to finance the solutions to problems caused by trying to move tens of thousands of people into and out of a few square miles within two two-hour periods every weekday. The joke’s on us so let’s stop voting for any part of it every chance we get!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *