Improving Traffic

In A Modern Way

Dr. Carol Swain’s Plan on Traffic/Transit/Infrastructure

Common sense solutions for Nashville’s rapid growth

As mayor, I will work with metro city council to implement short-term and long-term solutions for addressing the congestion affecting our city and surrounding counties. These include evaluating and selecting among competing transit proposals such as Intelligent Transit for Nashville and improved bus service, use of rideshare technology, and encouraging employers to adopt flex-time for employees to reduce rush hour congestion.

We must look for a regional system that can make a real impact for all of Nashville, and easily be scaled to work with the surrounding counties. As voters we should be given choices. Not told the only solution is all or nothing, like the previous and current administration.

We have done extensive research on Nashville traffic and its infrastructure. What has previously been viewed as a daunting task is very doable. Here’s how it breaks down:


Leadership with a New

Blueprint For Nashville

Improving Nashville Transit

Develop Affordable, Common Sense Transit Solutions

Short Term

1. There are 50 identified intersections where we can install smart traffic lights. These lights will assist with active transportation and demand management (ATDM). The lights will accurately detect the flow of traffic and drastically reduce the amount of time a person sits at a light relative to the time of day/night.

2. We can improve transportation demand management (TDM) by staggering work
times for the largest employers in Nashville. Clay Bright and Lyndsay Botts from TDOT have informed us that 7am-9am is the most challenging time to drive in the morning. Some shifts can start earlier, and some can start later. As mayor and leader of Metro, I will implement staggered times for Metro employees as well. This will culminate to thousands of cars off the roads.

3. Work from home technology is now more cost effective and readily available. While some employees need to be on the job site, many can work from home and be just as effective. More people at home means less people on the roads.

4. We can also work with companies to incentivize employees to use rideshare apps when going to and from work. This will help achieve commute trip reduction (CTR).

Long Term

In other cities, they utilize what’s referred to as “Bus on Shoulder” where a city bus carrying people in or out of town (depending on the time of day) is designated to only drive on the shoulder of the road. Therefore, making ones commute more streamlined during rush hour. *Note, our MTA budget is $82 million and of that $82M, city buses get a $49M subsidy.

Since this is the case, we will replace the majority of “We Go” city buses with “uber type vans”. The buses will still operate during rush hour on major routes. Uber Type Vans will operate with more flexibility than a city bus. We will reallocate the wasted and misused $82M to create an efficient system where people can call a van to pick them up, thus eliminating an antiquated bus route that takes someone all over the city just to go 3 miles. During rush hour, some of the vans will be dedicated to “Bus on Shoulder” or in Nashville’s case, “Van on Shoulder”.

We will work with TDOT, the Federal Highway Department, the Metro Planning
Organization and the Rural Planning Organization for other long-term projects.


Dr. Carol M. Swain

From G.E.D To Ph.D.

Dr. Swain came from nothing. As one of 12 children she grew up in a shack in Virginia and eventually dropped out of high school. She went on to complete her GED, then ultimately to her PhD in the epitome of fulfilling the American dream.

She is an award-winning political scientist, a former professor of political science and professor of law at Vanderbilt University, and a lifetime member of the James Madison Society, an international community of scholars affiliated with the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University.

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