Transit plan opponent releases its own

The Beacon Center of Tennessee, a libertarian think tank that opposed the unsuccessful Nashville transit referendum earlier this year, on Tuesday released an alternate plan, which the organization called “long-awaited.”

“It is important that we are not just against something, but also have solutions to the problems we face as a city and a state,” Beacon Policy Coordinator Ron Shultis said in a release. “We have to be proactive in addressing the congestion in Nashville. We listened to the citizens and came up with a plan that does much more to alleviate congestion and offer alternate forms of transportation. This plan uses common sense and each proposed option can be implemented by itself making it much more affordable and effective.”

See the Beacon Center’s full plan here.

It proposes that both the Metro and state governments take several actions.

Recommended Metro changes:

* Build an adaptive traffic control system that enables traffic signals to immediately respond to traffic demand in real time.

* Eliminate government bans on private transportation companies’ ability to compete and innovate, particularly shuttle companies.

* Conduct a comprehensive review of existing bus routes and outsource service to lower demand areas and routes to private ride-sharing companies.

* Enact reasonable time-based restrictions on right of way closures to lessen the effects of construction on traffic flow.

* Cease all corporate welfare handouts to companies seeking to relocate to Nashville, particularly the downtown Central Business District.

* Create and encourage an alternative work solutions program for Metro Nashville employees and provide resources to private companies looking to create similar opportunities for employees.

Recommended state actions:

* Install and manage ramp meter lights with a system-wide algorithm management system on freeway on-ramps.

* Divert through freight travel to I-840.

* Create High Occupancy Toll lanes by converting HOV lanes or expanding roadways where possible through public-private partnerships.

This article provided by NewsEdge.