Monday, July 01, 2013

Opponents push back against Bus Rapid Transit via West End Avenue featuring Rick Williams

Nashville political consultant Rick Williams leads opposition to the Bus Rapid Transit Amp down West End Avenue from Five Points. "Most businesses on West End don't know this is happening," he told East Nashville Conservatives. "If you drive a car your travel time will double the day BRT opens up on West End." An alternative Williams could live with is a route down Charlotte rather than West End. He pointed out more people ride the bus on Charlotte and the area needs economic development. Williams expressed concern about the lack of environmental, safety and historical study of the West End route. Proponents of the project expect $75 million federal money and $35 million state money in support of Metro's $30 million BRT investment.

This video and report is the work of Dru Fuller and first appeared on Dru's Blog. I am legally reposting it from Facebook. Rick is a good guy and I have known him for a long time. This presentation was made at a meeting of Caffinated Conservatives, an East Nashville conservative group that meets once a month at Portland Brew East, 1921 Eastland Ave. Rick is an advocate for saving the fairgrounds, an opponent of limousine price fixing and a conservative Democrat who is gradually leaving the dark side and becoming a Republican. He is not really my cousin.

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