Bellevue learns more about Let’s Move Nashville transit plan

David Smith | GCA News

As Nashville traffic on some roads was bumper to bumper on November 30, Jared Spicer drove from his home in Bellevue to Bellevue Middle School to join the discussion on transit.

Community meetings on transit plans are being held at several locations throughout December, hosted by the MTA.

The events are part of Let’s Move Nashville, a $5.2 billion transit plan Nashville Mayor Megan Barry proposed. The goal is to gather local residents to discuss the transit ideas and collectively focus on light rail and community impact.

During the meeting, Steve Bland, CEO of MTA, said the proposal gives transit authorities the option to expand light rail into Bellevue in the future. The closest it’s planned to go now is White Bridge Road.

At the open house hosted by the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) on November 30 residents in Bellevue discussed the ways light rail would impact the area. - photo by David Smith

At the open house hosted by the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) on November 30 residents in Bellevue discussed the ways light rail would impact the area. – photo by David Smith

But Spicer wants to see the line extended further down Charlotte Pike, to the Nashville West Shopping Center, closer to Bellevue.

“Where are passengers going once they reach White Bridge Road,” he said.

Spicer, who has lived in Bellevue for 15 years, said he likes most parts of the plan.

The Metro Council will likely vote in January on whether to put Let’s Move Nashville on the ballot for a May 1, 2018 countywide vote.