How ‘green’ is your city? Committee’s goals presented Thursday

Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at 11:59pm
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Mayor Karl Dean’s Green Ribbon committee will present on Thursday its recommendations on how to make Nashville one of the “greenest” cities in the country.

The committee will present a summary report of 16 goals and 71 recommendations at a 2:30 p.m. press conference at Shelby Bottoms Nature Center.

When Dean formed the committee he gave its members the charge of making Nashville the greenest city in the south and one of the greenest cities in the nation.

Dean has said a key component of becoming a greener city is improving mass transit.

On Tuesday, the Metro Transit Authority announced it was using six previously purchased hybrid buses, while also beginning a Bus Rapid Transit route on Gallatin Road.

Made by North American Bus Industries (NABI), the buses operate with an alternate fuel system and possess the latest in passenger features, and should help to alleviate the standing-room only issue on some of MTA’s most popular routes. 

“These environmentally-friendly buses are a part of our commitment to growing public transit in Nashville,” said MTA CEO Paul J. Ballard.  “The buses offer the latest in passenger comfort and amenities as well as help the environment by using less fuel since they are hybrids.  We are excited to get them into service and will use them for the initial phase of a planned Bus Rapid Transit project this summer.”

The buses travel highly used routes and make less traffic stops.


3 Comments on this post:

By: shinestx on 4/15/09 at 6:49

It's foolish to believe that a city without light rail would even be considered among the ranks of "Green" cities, let alone be the "Greenest" in America. Silly!!!

By: catenarykat on 4/16/09 at 10:33

Maybe the "greenest city" is the one that does the most to become environmentally friendly. What would be astonishing is if a southern city Nashville's size already had light rail. Shinestx, you sound like a supporter of light rail, as am I, but is not financially or politically possible for Nashville (or any city) to start stringing catenary at the snap of a finger.
We need to support Mayor Dean and the Green ribbon committee. Any steps they take raise awareness of the need to be green in every other category.
We rail fans need to help build support for mass transit in general. When naysayers take pride in our excellent bus system, improvements to the Music City Star, and initiation of BRT, maybe they'll quit crying, "Nay!" We need a multimodal system, and that isn't built overnight, but through support from groups like the green ribbon committee and Transit Now Nashville.
If light rail is in our future--and I hope it is--existing BRT lines will make it easier.
I think we can indeed be the greenest city anywhere if we roll up our sleeves and work hard. That's what Mayor Dean's asking us to do.