Today, Nashville residents will go to the polls to decide the fate of the city's proposed transit plan. If the referendum passes,Â the $5.4 billion plan would pave the way for light rail transit and expanded bus service throughout the city.Â You can read the 55-page transit planÂ here.
GO TO THE POLLS: How to vote
Polls will be open from 7 a.m.â€“7 p.m. You can find your polling location and other voter registration informationÂ here.
Primaries for certain county offices and judicial positions will also be on the ballot.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING: Nashville sounds off on social media leading up to the election:
Dan Gager (@DanielGager) says the transit plan is a good idea on paper, but â€” based on his observations as a Music City Star passenger (commuter train service running between Nashville and Lebanon) â€” he doesnâ€™t see Nashville residents utilizing public transit in the future:
Itâ€™s a good idea on paper. I use the music city star and love it. Frankly I just donâ€™t see many people utilizing public transit if they arenâ€™t now. Taking the train easily saves me 45 min-1 hr....
â€” Dan Gager (@DanielGager) April 30, 2018
Erin Hafkenschiel (@ehafkenschiel) voices her support for the transit plan by tweeting, â€œBetter transit means more independence, more access to opportunities, and fewer burdens on working parents.â€
87% of all schools and 90% of public high schools in Davidson County will be within a 1/2 mile transit. Better transit means more independence, more access to opportunities, and fewer burdens on working parents. #LetsMoveNashville #voteforourfuture https://t.co/ikgbc7vwsp
â€” Erin Hafkenschiel (@ehafkenschiel) May 1, 2018
But if youâ€™re still on the fence, Christopher Cotton (@christophercot) suggests voters listen to this podcast episode featuring Council Members Freddie O'Connell and Angie Henderson. The episode is the final installment of a series dedicated to the transit plan.
â€” Christopher Cotton (@christophercot) April 30, 2018
For comprehensive local coverage, check out the Nashville Sceneâ€™s special transit edition:
WPLN, Nashvilleâ€™s NPR-affiliate station, also has its transit coverage in one place:
â€” Blake Farmer (@flakebarmer) April 30, 2018
Someone sure turned up the heat dial quickly. Enjoy!
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Today from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m, the 12 South Farmers Market kicks off. Celebrate the start of the 8th season in Sevier Park. 12 South Farmers Market is a weekly market offering fresh and local produce, baked goods, artisan foods and more. Event info here.
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Â Thousands of runners hitÂ the pavement today for the St. Judeâ€™s Rock â€˜nâ€™ Roll Nashville Marathon.Â This annual marathon and 1/2 marathon attracted more than 30,000 runners, wheelchairs, and walkers as they navigated through the streets of Music City.Â Our recapÂ includes 12 images we just loved.
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