Create an alternative transit plan for Nashville

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Petition to Mayor David Briley

We support improved transit for Nashville.  We feel the current transit plan, presented as a take-it-or-leave-it plan, is not the best transit plan for our city.  We are being pressured into accepting this flawed plan as if this is our only chance to improve our inadequate transit system. This is a myth. We need to make sure our transit plan is really going to work for all our citizens before we lock ourselves into this 50-year, $5.4 to $9 billion plan. 

We are a group of citizens who are concerned about affordable housing, equity, justice and the environment. We envision a Nashville for all of us, not just for those who have the most to gain financially from the proposed transit plan.  If the current transit plan is defeated, we are ready to go to work right away to create a better plan based on our democratic principles, utilizing input from all sectors of the Nashville community. Please sign this petition to support our Declaration of Transit Independence and join with us to commit to crafting a better plan regardless of the outcome of the referendum.

Declaration of Transportation Independence

Transportation Independence is essential for the people of Nashville to live fulfilling lives. Transportation Independence means:

We all can live and work where we choose because we all have access to reliable, safe and affordable transportation.
Income, age and physical ability do not limit our access to reliable, safe and affordable transportation.
Transportation is affordable to us all.
A city that does not support Transportation Independence does not fully support its residents and is failing in this fundamental task. In order to establish transportation independence, we hereby endorse this Transportation Bill of Rights for Nashville:

Nashvillians should have the right to:

Choose whether to drive, take public transportation, walk or bike for the majority of trips.
Get where they need to go every day, affordably, quickly and safely no matter how they get around.
Decide not to own a car, or to be forced to buy a second one.
Decide not to use a car to make every trip because there is another option.
Have access to transportation that is equitably provided without regard to age, race, income or neighborhood.
Walkable communities, with sidewalks, prioritized around transit stops, and with safer crossings and intersections that make walkable, affordable and transit-oriented communities possible.
The first step is to invest in a transit network that serves everyone, that can move more people faster, and that provides affordable transportation to those who need it most. Therefore, I support transit. Whether the referendum passes or fails on May 1, I will work with others to craft a better transit plan for myself, for my family and for Nashville.


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