When it comes to mass transit, politicians never learn. Last month, Nashville Mayor Megan Berry announced a $5.2 billion proposal that involves building 26 miles of light rail and digging an expensive tunnel under the city’s downtown. Voters will be asked in May to approve a half-cent sales tax increase plus additions to hotel, car rental and business excise taxes to pay for the project.
|Randal OToole is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute, Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute, and Director of the American Dream Coalition. This article is based on his Cato Policy Analysis, The Coming Transit Apocalypse.|