The population in and around Nashville is growing by leaps and bounds. With all of that growth, comes an increase in vehicle traffic and longer rush hour times.
It’s said, in the halls of the Tennessee State Capitol, that this is not a liberal or conservative issue, but instead a traffic issue.
Democrat State Representative, John Ray Clemmons and Republican State Senator Jim Tracy, both who spoke with Fox 17 News today, say something needs to be done about Middle Tennessee’s traffic problem.
Representative Clemmons says he has a bill which would create a dedicated revenue stream for mass transit options, but says he needs more bipartisan support in order for it to be pushed through. “You look at the history of the United States, any great problem, public infrastructure wise, politicians, public leaders have stepped up to the plate and created revenue streams to build out massive infrastructure projects”, said, Clemmons.
State Senator Jim Tracy, Chair of the Senate Transportation and Safety Committee, sees some traction being made by local leaders, “All of the Mayors around Nashville are working together for a regional approach and that’s the first time in 12 years that I’ve been here, that they’ve done that”, said, Tracy.
“That’s what we’re facing in Middle Tennessee, we have to step up to the plate and address this problem at the federal state and local level”, said, Representative Clemmons.