Up for Debate: BRT pitch

Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 11:24pm

What do you think so far about the pitch for bus rapid transit in Nashville? How should Metro raise local funding for the project? Would you be willing to pay more in taxes for BRT or better transit?

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66 Comments on this post:

By: producer2 on 7/23/12 at 11:44

Actually I should have said some of you. Some do get it...

By: budlight on 7/23/12 at 11:52

BenDover on 7/23/12 at 9:09
The comparison to the Ft. Hood incident is interesting. Obama's first response to that was that we should not jump to any conclusions. No such statements here.

Does that reveal anything about Obama's mind-set? Was his first thought in the Ft Hood case that some crazy jihadist was undermining his campaign to get America to accept Islam as the religion of peace? Was it a sign of relief to him that this Aurora guy turned out to not be a crazy Jihadist but, instead, a Hollywood violence inspired nut-job? Does it reveal something that's important to Obama?

I don't think the distinctions in Obama's reactions should be dismissed.

I agree with you Ben.

Also, very few of these incidents are perpetuated by normal, law abiding gun owner citizens. I am sure that this guy in Colorado is nuts! He even looks crazy. Somebody suspected "something" and just brushed it off. Even the guy at the shooting range said to look out for him and he could not join the gun club just because his voice mails sounded creepy.

Obama is a muslim. Or at best wants to be. After all, his birth and step fathers were muslims. It just stands to reason.

NO Rapid Bus System from west end to down town.

By: dargent7 on 7/23/12 at 12:33

Any wonder why American society is in the toilet?
There's "no distinction" between a secured, military base and a movie complex?
A soldier 'going off" on a base killing everyone in sight, is no different than Loughner last year at Safeway or Holmes at a movie premier?
Getting shot at Walmart is the same as Ft. Hood?

No civilian needs an AR-15, extendend magazines, 6,000 rounds of ammo. Armor piercing bullets. No. Bought over the internet w/o a backround check and a safety class?
No.
You need a "class" to learn how to drive a vehicle, not meant to injure or kill.
To own a gun, that's meant to do either, and there's no mandatory class? No.
Citing the Second Amendment as a "right" puts one in the same class as this nutz.
You want or need a Glock, fine with me. One per household.
If we can't even agree on easy, simple principles, how in the f*** are we going to tackel the big one's?

By: BigPapa on 7/23/12 at 1:07

$175M is waaaaayyy too much cash to spend on something most business appear to be against.

By: gdiafante on 7/23/12 at 1:24

It would only be about $100 million if they qualify for the Fed money. But since TN is a red state, we don't need no stinkin' Fed money...

By: brrrrk on 7/23/12 at 1:39

gdiafante said

"It would only be about $100 million if they qualify for the Fed money. But since TN is a red state, we don't need no stinkin' Fed money..."

That'll be a huge shock to Haslam. How you expect him to balance the state budget?

By: gdiafante on 7/23/12 at 1:50

Haslam talks tough to his base and is then on bended knee to Washington. Typical hypocrit, but hey, all they care about is getting elected. Once elected, anything goes.

By: producer2 on 7/23/12 at 2:01

It's public transportation. What do businesses have to do with it?

By: brrrrk on 7/23/12 at 2:12

producer2 said

"It's public transportation. What do businesses have to do with it?"

Exactly.... Walmart and Kroger go by my house everyday. I never have to leave the house.

By: gdiafante on 7/23/12 at 2:18

Businesses have more pull than normal citizens. If the construction for rapid transit will disrupt business, they complain. And it's a legitimate issue. Especially given how notoriously slow road construction goes down here.

By: judyboodo@yahoo.com on 7/23/12 at 3:43

"It would only be about $100 million if they qualify for the Fed money." And that ladies and gentlemen is what is wrong with our economy today. $100 million dollars, think about that for a minute. $100 million dollars. For a faster bus line. $100 million dollars, that won't make a penny for anyone except the salesman for the bus manufacture who puts the most graft into the right politicians pocket. Lets dispense momentarily with the problem of where the "project" will go and who would give up their automobile to partake of it. Why I'm sure the wealthy living in the West End will jump at the chance to rub elbows with the proletariat who travel each day to take care of their every need It doesn't really matter, what does matter is the $100 million dollars that it would cost. It's mind boggling that anyone would make a statement like that. I am literally at a loss for words that something of this stupefying proportion would even be seriously discussed. This city may need more mass transit but the options of more smaller cleaner (natural gas or electric/hybrid) buses wasn't even discussed as an alternative. This is nothing more than a political bragging point for the future when the lord high mayor decides to run for some other elected office. And we are stupid enough to even entertain the idea. I'm embarrassed for us.

By: slacker on 7/23/12 at 3:54

Well said judy. Hopefully the Mayor doesn't travel to San Francisco and see the cable cars... he'll dream of having them running back and forth on Charlotte Ave.

By: bfra on 7/23/12 at 4:00

Didn't Nashville at one time have cable cars? Then some know it all politician decided we didn't need them any more. I think I can remember seeing the tracts. Maybe some one on here has more info about that.

By: budlight on 7/23/12 at 5:06

: brrrrk on 7/23/12 at 2:12
producer2 said

"It's public transportation. What do businesses have to do with it?"

Exactly.... Walmart and Kroger go by my house everyday. I never have to leave the house.

Actually Brrrrk, this is the funniest thing I've ever read on CP; you are too witty!

And the question "What do businesses have to do with it"? Who would even have to ask that question? LOL

By: parnell3rd on 7/23/12 at 6:59

We are subsidising the Predators. We'll constantly subsidize public transportation, ie: Amtrack.
Nashville is not a public transportation city. Never have been, never will be. Heck, we don't like each other enough to carpool!!!!! HAHAHAH!!

By: yogiman on 7/23/12 at 8:36

Who in the world would want to carpool with a bunch of 'know it all's', parnell3rd? Constantly arguing doesn't make carpooling a pleasure.

You get in an argument on your way to work, would you want to ride back home with them? Every day? I'll take my car.