“[West to East Nashville] is an area that does have lots of housing, a lot of residents do reside in this area who use transit. You already have active transit users in this area, you have places of work, you have places of recreation, of entertainment — all the metrics that experts use to determine where transit projects should take place.”
And what transit toys did the North Nashville's council members bring home to us?
UPDATE: Via Mike Peden, below are the numbers that the Mayor intends to spend on bus rapid transit, east-west.
I.D. Number: 13MT0007
BUS RAPID TRANSIT (BRT) - EAST WEST CONNECTOR - FINAL DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION AND STREETSCAPE
I.D. Number: 13MT0006
BUS RAPID TRANSIT (BRT) BUSES - EAST WEST CONNECTOR - 10
I.D. Number: 13PW0016
EAST-WEST CONNECTOR BUS RAPID TRANSIT (BRT) - STREETSCAPE PHASE 1
And in North Nashville:
I.D. Number: 13MT0011
BUS RAPID TRANSIT (BRT) - CLARKSVILLE HIGHWAY AND D.B.TODD BOULEVARD
Notice that the cost for streetscape designs alone--that is design stuff like planters, landscaping, lights (likely with expensive underground power lines), attractive seating, art, etc--starts out at $38.4 million for phase 1 and continues up in the final design. There is no "design" component mentioned with the measly $4.8 million he sets aside for North Nashville BRT altogether. The cost of the east-west buses alone more than doubles what the Mayor says he intends to spend on North Nashville BRT.
It does not appear that the North Nashville council members brought much home at all from last night's budget "fight" (a term I use loosely, given the general lack of backbone in the Metro Council).