Teslas and Nissan LEAFs aren’t the only all-electric vehicles that you’ll see on the streets of downtown Nashville. The Metropolitan Transit Authority is moving forward with plans to convert the vans and buses on its Music City Circuit downtown circulator route to an all-electric fleet.
MTA will use a $250,000 Clean Tennessee Energy grant to purchase a second fast charger for the fleet of nine electric buses that it plans to buy. The Music City Circuit provides free service to the Gulch, Bicentennial Mall area and other downtown destinations.
The grant is being awarded by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, which said in a release that the conversion to electric vehicles will remove roughly 56,000 pounds of carbon dioxide from the air and save about $75,000 a year based on the price of electricity compared to diesel fuel.
The Nashville Metro Transit Authority Board of Directors has approved a bus rapid transit route along Murfreesboro Road. The service, similar to the "BRT Lite" route (with no dedicated bus lane) already in place on Gallatin Road in East Nashville, is set to begin on Monday, April 1. It will provide “more frequent and expanded services" between the Nashville airport and downtown hotels, according to an MTA release. Read more here at The City Paper.
Transit Now Nashville is seeking $14,000 to begin work helping the Metro Transit Authority build an application programming interface (API) — technology infrastructure the city's transit system needs to implement a mobile software application that will show a user a bus route status in real time.
"As long as they have a browser and access to the Internet, riders won't have to wait in the rain — making the entire process more efficient," said Dave Keiser, a Transit Now board member and volunteer.
"I haven't run across a single person who thought this was a bad idea," Keiser added.
The nonprofit Transit Now, in partnership with MTA, has already received a $56,000 grant, having applied for the monies earlier this year.
For the API, a software developer will be hired and the technology fully implemented later this year assuming the $14,000 match is raised. An Oct. 19 fundraiser is slated to jumpstart the effort. Other fundraising events are planned, one for Oct. 30 at Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music. Details to follow.
The Metro Transit Authority has picked Parsons Brinckerhoff to look into the future of public transportation on the Broadway-West End axis. A report is due in a year.
Two steering committees will be formed. A Technical Advisory Committee is to include representatives of MTA, the Metro Planning Department, the Nashville Area Metro Planning Organization, Metro Public Works Department and the Tennessee Department of Transportation. A Corridor Steering Committee is to include local businesses, organizations and other stakeholders.
Glasgow said his decision to vote in Republican primaries was a strategic one so he could vote against a particular candidate. For instance, Glasgow said he was satisfied with either Obama or then Sen. Hillary Clinton in last year’s Democratic primary. So, he voted in the Republican primary to specifically vote against Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Voting records show Glasgow never voted in a Democratic primary. Asked which party he would typically affiliate himself with, Glasgow described himself as a “progressive independent.” Glasgow pointed out that one of his leading advisers is former Council member Betty Nixon, whom he considers a leading progressive voice in District 18. “I don’t like being told by either party who I should vote for. So that’s why I have [to] consider myself an independent,” Glasgow said.See the Glasgow voting record at this link.
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