Debby Dale Mason
| Mar 07, 2014
On March 12, the Tennessee Senate and House transportation committees are considering legislation (HB2156/SB2243) that will limit Nashville’s rapid transit options on state roads without approval by the full 132-member Tennessee General Assembly.
This legislation, framed by House Speaker Beth Harwell,
who represents Nashville/ District 56, targets only Davidson County, and this new process expands the role of the state government into local government responsibilities. As a political move to stall The Amp, this bill sets a dangerous precedent that could affect the future options of cities throughout the state for mass transit.
For now, we know the legislation is targeting the efforts of the Chamber and other groups to expand rapid transit infrastructure options in Nashville and Davidson County. It limits options for our city to plan and limits opportunities for residents and workers who rely on and want multi-modal transit options as a part of their lives.
Local government is an important driver of economic development, and local elected officials are best suited to evaluate the needs of their community as it grows. Allowing state representatives to decide the appropriate mode of transportation for constituents they do not represent is a clear overreach of state government.
It is important ...