As a Portland native who lived through the non-light rail and then light rail phases in the Rose City, I give the light rail system a huge thumbs-up. Many were skeptical at first but became believers in its efficiency and ease of use after the first routes were installed.
I do not believe it would be a waste of money if the right route was chosen [in Nashville]. A lot of people use it [in Portland] for work commuting but also use it to go to events downtown, shopping downtown, etc. The downtown area in Portland is very robust and bustling. Maybe a light rail system in Nashville would help the downtown area grow in a positive way.
Additionally, the light rail system expanded to the airport area and also into the West HIlls, which many people scoffed at because of the terrain. It's a success too.
Good luck to the committee and let's hope some advances in effective and desirable mass transit makes its way to our beautiful town.
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