After drawing some criticism, Mayor Megan Barry is now proposing a longer light rail line along Charlotte Avenue between downtown and West Nashville.
The revised proposal, announced Wednesday, would take rail service 2 miles farther west to White Bridge Pike — touching the booming neighborhoods of Sylvan Park and The Nations, plus several major mixed-use developments.
The administration had cited cost for keeping the line shorter, but has since revised its financing plan, crediting stronger forecasts for sales tax revenues from facilities like the Music City Center and First Tennessee Park.
The overall cost of a 5.2-mile Charlotte line would be $697 million, up from the shorter route at $457 million. The change also now matches the recommendation in the nMotion strategic plan (more about light rail here), which called for transit to serve the corridor’s density of housing and jobs.
Two area council members who had been critical now say they’re in favor of the mayor’s plan, which heads to a likely public referendum in May.