Nashville, TN voters soundly reject transit plan in referendum
Nashville, TN voters emphatically rejected the city’s $5.2 billion transit plan in a referendum. The Tennessean reports the measure was rejected by about 64% of the 110,000-plus voters. In a statement posted to Twitter, Mayor David Briley warned the city’s "transportation problems are not going away; in fact, we know they’re only going to get more challenging as we continue to grow."
Local group NoTax4Tracks, which opposed the plan, congratulated their opponents on the race and promised to keep the debate going. "We pledge to be part of a constructive conversation on doing the things that can help congestion now," the group wrote on Facebook. "And we pledge to start now."
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