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Two different stories on metro Nashville’s traffic from Williamson and Marshall Counties:

A friend of mine who lives on the south side of Franklin started a new job downtown at Cummins Station several months ago. From her driveway to the parking lot is 25 miles, and includes 9 stop lights.  She was dreading that it would take more than an hour each way in commute time.  Turns out that she is averaging 40 minutes inbound (usually during the 7:30-8:15 PM window), and 35 minutes outbound (normally in the 5:45-6:30 PM window).  In fact, one day, she made it home in 28 minutes!  The longest it has taken either way was 1 hour, and that only happened once.  She says that from her former job on Carothers Parkway to her home (about 8 miles), the commute was often the SAME amount of time.

Another friend of mine lives in Lewisburg, and often travels to the Madison neighborhood to visit with his grandchildren. It is 72 miles, and includes 10 stop lights. He laments that 15 years ago he used to make the trip in an hour (methinks he might’ve been breaking some laws to do so).  Now, he grumbles that it takes 90 minutes.  That still seems like really good time to me cutting through the heart of a 2 million population metro to make that journey.  Honestly, I can’t think of ANY peer city where a similar undertaking would take less than 2 hours.  

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That is definitely good news... but ugh... that NAME is so ridiculous.  I sound like a broken record I realize but it's just so comically awful.  Sounds like a talent show that airs on a children's TV network. 

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Whose brother-in-law got paid a quarter of a million dollars to come up with that ridiculous rebranding of Nashville’s MTA? The new name is embarrassingly awful. How long must we suffer this foolishness before we just go back to MTA? And make my rail ride the Music City Star, thank you!

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A while back I suggested a name and not everyone liked it but what is better, Music City Link or a transit system that sounds like a laxative?

Unbelievable!

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Isn't this upcoming weekend (Friday night thru Sunday) when I-65 is closed (detoured) at 440. 440 is closed at I-65 and Franklin Rd is closed from Berry to Franklin Rd for 440 bridge work? Major traffic nightmare for the alternate roads.

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19 minutes ago, Nash_12South said:

Isn't this upcoming weekend (Friday night thru Sunday) when I-65 is closed (detoured) at 440. 440 is closed at I-65 and Franklin Rd is closed from Berry to Franklin Rd for 440 bridge work? Major traffic nightmare for the alternate roads.

Correct.

https://www.tn.gov/tdot/news/2019/8/9/i-440-reconstruction-progress-update.html

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3 minutes ago, PaulChinetti said:

That is some genius level planning on their part. Pilgrimage is this weekend down in Franklin. I'm sure those 20,000 people won't need to drive through this intersection. Yikes.

And you have the  Vandy/LSU game and a TSU home game 

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52 minutes ago, CenterHill said:

And you have the  Vandy/LSU game and a TSU home game 

More proof that that state of TN actively tries to sabotage the great city of Nashville.

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1 hour ago, PaulChinetti said:

That is some genius level planning on their part. Pilgrimage is this weekend down in Franklin. I'm sure those 20,000 people won't need to drive through this intersection. Yikes.

1 hour ago, CenterHill said:

And you have the  Vandy/LSU game and a TSU home game 

8 minutes ago, grilled_cheese said:

More proof that that state of TN actively tries to sabotage the great city of Nashville.

If they are major traffic-generating events then TDOT should have added them to the weekend closure restrictions in the design-build RFP. There were already restrictions for Fan Fair, Titans games, the marathon, Vandy's and TSU's homecoming, and the NFL draft, in addition to the standard holiday restrictions (Easter, Memorial Day, July Fourth, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's). If you add all Vandy and TSU home games you get to the point where there are no eligible weekends for a five-month stretch to do this work.

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There are probably a dozen ways to achieve this work without closing the roads for an entire weekend. This likely is the most cost effective method rather than least inconvenient one. 

That said, it’s not the end of the world. I just imagine if the people making this decision lived nearby, it would be handled differently.

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Add this in the mix.     A Global Climate Strike encouraging people in cities around the world to stage protests against climate change inaction.     A Nashville group is scheduling an event here for 6:30pm downtown on Friday.     TDOT closes 440 at 9pm, about the time all these people would be leaving downtown.   

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37 minutes ago, CenterHill said:

Add this in the mix.     A Global Climate Strike encouraging people in cities around the world to stage protests against climate change inaction.     A Nashville group is scheduling an event here for 6:30pm downtown on Friday.     TDOT closes 440 at 9pm, about the time all these people would be leaving downtown.   

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They will all arrive on foot, so no traffic issues for them. Cars and fossils fuels BAD.

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20 hours ago, donNdonelson2 said:

Whose brother-in-law got paid a quarter of a million dollars to come up with that ridiculous rebranding of Nashville’s MTA? The new name is embarrassingly awful. How long must we suffer this foolishness before we just go back to MTA? And make my rail ride the Music City Star, thank you!

 

21 hours ago, BnaBreaker said:

That is definitely good news... but ugh... that NAME is so ridiculous.  I sound like a broken record I realize but it's just so comically awful.  Sounds like a talent show that airs on a children's TV network. 

 

22 hours ago, nashmoney said:

New payment system, upgrades coming to WeGo Star

This is good news. Looks like WeGo Star (lol... The name is hilarious) is maintaining or growing ridership. I definitely think the trains need to be replaced. 

https://www.newschannel5.com/news/new-payment-system-upgrades-coming-to-wego-star

 

 

The payment system is intended to become systemwide eventually ─ not just for the Star, where it will make its début.

I never cared for "Music City Star" as a brand, although admittedly I never had an alternative in mind.  It just doesn't have a "ring" to it, anymore than does the name New Knoxville, OH.  The public responds more favorably to imagery of figures and shapes ─ not just words alone.   In a manner of speaking, the word "Star" as part of a corridor or service in name and in print looks sort of tacky.  From what I recently heard from a different dialog as a reliable source, the new name for the train service was supposed to be called the "WeGo Star", as it seems to be called currently by popularity, but from I heard, I believe that that idea reportedly was to be dropped, when it was discovered that there was already WeGo Star but as a motorized scooter made by an established Asian scooter company.  The new name is now, simply, the "Star", from what I was told from an inside source.

And "WeGo" is not original, as some decision-makers might have thought.  Maybe they just assumed that Nashvillians would be too run-of-the-mill to ever catch onto the fact that "Wego" (lower-case 'g') is a bus system in Niagara Falls, ON, and which has already around over half a decade before the decision to change to the WeGo brand down here.  A graphic of of musical notes ─ some array of staff, treble cleff, and a note or two ─ would be a great thematic enhancement IMO.  Along with that, a more imaginative moniker such as "Rhythm" (as in "Ride the Rhythm") would be more head-turning than "WeGo".   

At least one of the three EMD (ElectroMotive Division of GM) model F40PH units was recently returned from the North, after being outshopped a second time (under RTA ownership since 2005) for another projected 15 years of service.  These units were built originally  during the mid-1970s through around 1985.   Also the existing passengers cars, referred to as "bi-level gallery commuter" cars are very old ─ with carbon-steel bodies, some of that vintage of which were built during the 1950s and '60s (for the Chicago and Northwestern RR, before being inherited by Chicago's RTA, rebranded as "Metra").  Received third-hand, they have long outlived their cost-effective serviceable life.   The RTA has to vote this fall on approving part of a Capital Improvement budget, to fund replacement cars.  Hopefully, both local and state government leadership can become more conductive to prioritizing such expenditures, beyond the capabilities of the RTA alone.  Also, it is my understanding that the replacement cars will be of stainless steel bodies, but not brand new.  Instead, they too are to be refurbished, including their trucks (wheel bogie assemblies).  I do not know whether or not they will be equipped with restrooms; the current fleet does not have restrooms.

Not withstanding the mixed sentiment about the name WeGo, the name Music City Star never quite made it as an appropriate name for a commuter service and evoked a lot of confusion with Nashville visitors, many who thought it a was a tourist operation that served country music venues.  The new color scheme should unify all facets of Nashville public transit, since local and regional transit was well overdue for a rebranding.

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