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Nashville Mayor needs to resign and take her $9 Billion rail boondoggle with her. This behavior sets up potential for bribery - can’t trust her!

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says it has obtained nude photos of a woman taken on the phone of former Sgt. Rob Forrest, evidence that investigators believe shows the mayor engaged in an affair with her former bodyguard while he was on duty.
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AV technology is already and will continue to disrupt traditional transit. Tampa Bay should not get stuck paying for out dated costly transit/rail.
“Elon Musk recently shared a brutally honest critique of mass transit. “It’s a pain in the ass,” he said. “That’s why everyone doesn’t like it. And there’s like a bunch of random strangers, one of who might be a serial killer, OK, great. And so that’s why people like individualized transport, that goes where you want, when you wa...nt.”

Self-driving cars are as much of a paradigm shift as the invention of the telephone, and we all need to get prepared for the ride of our lives.

Meanwhile, instead of jumping on trains, thirty-something millennials are buying cars in huge numbers, heading toward the suburbs and starting families. Road travel this year hit a record, as it has the last five years. The increased popularity of ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft has been cited as a factor in the recent ridership declines in Los Angeles and even on the New York subway. It is also being cited as one reason why new extensions of Boston’s transit system may no longer be needed.”

https://www.forbes.com/…/autonomous-cars-are-about-to-tra…/…

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Self-driving vehicles and ride-sharing are set to drive a new wave of migration out of cities, as well as radically make over the suburbs into places that are greener, more environmentally sustainable and increasingly economically self-sufficient.
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No state earmarks to TBARTA! We need to get rid of TBARTA not fund it. And do we need another bureaucracy?
Latest from the Eye:
Bills to Divert SunRail Funding Earmark Money to TBARTA and Adds New Bureaucracy
http://www.eyeontampabay.com/…/bills-to-divert-sunrail-fund…

Keeping an Eye on Tampa Bay and the going's on around the area, providing needed insight and analysis beyond what the media typically provides.
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Poll on Nashville tax hike for a $9 BILLION rail boondoggle.
The tax hike will be on a May 1 ballot.

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Here we go again! No "public" has said they want CSX rail! No taxpayers have said they will pay for it! What a mess! We predicted this entire $1.5 MILLION taxpayer funded campaign would turn into a food fight and it is.
Not the Urban Land Institute AGAIN! Now taxpayers are hit with another $2.5 MILLION transit study.
Tampa Bay regional transit plan in limbo after calls for change
Jacobs Engineering is considering potential changes to the current Regional Premium Transit Fea...

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Rally to be held calling for Nashville mayor to resign

She needs to resign and voters reject her tax hike for a $9Billion rail boondoggle.

http://fox17.com/…/rally-to-be-held-calling-for-nashville-m…

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- This weekend you may notice red signs around town, asking for Mayor Megan Barry to resign. This comes after she publicly revealed her two-year affair with her bodyguard, Sgt. Rob Forrest.Resign Now Megan Barry rally will take place on T

Nashville Mayor should be resigning not pushing a $6 Billion rail boondoggle. She cannot be trusted!
"The Nashville police officer with whom Mayor Megan Barry had a longstanding affair received thousands of additional dollars in overtime pay compared with other security officers on the mayor's protection detail, records show.

Forrest is set to receive $80,302.56 a year in retirement, based on an average of a five-year period in which he made the most money from salary and overtime."

Four other officers worked security since the start of Mayor Megan Barry's tenure. Forrest earned nearly $53,000 more in overtime than the other officers combined.
tennessean.com

"The number of households in the region without a car — generally regarded as low-income families — fell 30 percent from 2000 to 2015, according to the study, conducted by the University of California Los Angeles Institute of Transportation Studies. Meanwhile, car ownership among immigrant households from Mexico, another traditional user of mass transit, increased. The number of immigrant families without a car in Southern California dropped 66 percent from 2000 to 2015.

Sinc...e 1990, the SCAG region added more than 530 miles of commuter rail and more than 100 miles of light and heavy rail. Despite this significant buildout of transit service, the region actually lost 72 million transit rides annually between 2012 to 2016.

The SCAG study found that 77 percent of residents — roughly 14.5 million people — “ride transit rarely or never.”

Only about 2 percent of the population in the SCAG region rides transit often, averaging 45 trips per month. While 20 percent of the residents ride occasionally, averaging 20 trips a month.

“We should take this as an opportunity say, ‘OK, ridership is declining. People are owning more vehicles. How can we make the transportation work for everybody,” he added. “That is really the question to ask.”

http://www.govtech.com/…/Car-Ownership-Puts-a-Dent-in-SoCal…

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Transit ridership across the six-county Los Angeles metro region has been slipping since at least the last 15 years as more residents purchase cars. Experts think a mix of technology, public policy and planning could help the ridership numbers bounce back.
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Read abt Honolulu's RAPID TRANSIT CRISIS below. The NTIP plan is a fleecing of Nashville, Tennessee's people. Don't be fooled by the pro side & Metro "leaders."... The pro-transit PR team's method is to suppress the opposition, avoid appearing in public with the opposition, demean opponents. The voters, then, are swayed by a feel good message that has no substance. The goal of this page & website Better Transit for Nashville is to educate people about the actual 55-page plan- and how ludicrous it is. The most recent light rail referendum in Honolulu passed 53% to 47% & is a total fiasco govt waste project.
https://www.citylab.com/…/honolulus-rapid-transit-c…/534150/ bettertransit4nashville.com

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Traffic in Hawaii’s capital is terrible, but construction on a rail system may now cost as much as $13 billion while alleviating road congestion by as little as one percent.
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Live in Nashville? You may want to also view/like NoTax4Tracks for information about the $9B tax on the May 1 ballot.

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Teflon wearing thin on District Rays Candidate Hagan, a career county commissioner who has been scheming for tax hikes and a baseball stadium for most of his 16 too long years as a county commissioner.
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District Rays Candidate Hagan Challenged As His Teflon Wears Thin

Keeping an Eye on Tampa Bay and the going's on around the area, providing needed insight and analysis beyond what the media typically provides.
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Apparently, There Are A Lot Of Creeps On The DC Metro
https://hotair.com/…/…/02/07/apparently-lot-creeps-dc-metro/

"I started to feel a sweaty, warm hand on my thigh."
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We don't want this fiscal mess in Tampa Bay! Phoenix is NO Model to follow!
"The City of Phoenix is facing an unprecedented financial crisis created by overspending and out-of-control pension costs – topics that were front and center once again at today's City Council meeting where city professional staff laid out only two options to address the crisis that is already upon us: cut key services or raise taxes.
"After today, it's clear: Phoenix is planning on raising your taxes.... Again," said Councilman Sal DiCiccio. "I've been talking about this since 2010, and first the politicians here ignored the problem, then they claimed to fix it – clearly, they haven't – and now they're coming back to citizens for even more money."

Sales tax, property tax, even the regressive food tax that Councilman DiCiccio successfully fought off are now back on the table - all because City staff refuses to rein in spending, awarding themselves perks, benefits, and fat salaries at the expense of the public.

"The system is rigged against taxpayers," continued Councilman DiCiccio, "the people who benefit by increasing pension costs are the ones advising Council on this. Of course they aren't going to get serious about addressing the problem. No one in this building cares how big a burden we place on our citizens, not when reducing those burdens means cutting their own benefits."

Instead of a massive tax increase, or reductions to key services, Councilman DiCiccio has proposed a far less burdensome solution: cease all light rail expansion.

"We can get most of the way towards solving this problem, just by stopping the light rail expansion. Glendale already did it. They backed out of their part of the deal because it's a giant waste of money. We're going to spend billions of dollars – money we don't have – for a service that almost no one uses. We need to shelve our special interest-driven light rail expansion plans and focus on doing right by our citizens, instead."
https://www.phoenix.gov/news/district6/1908

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Latest pursuit for a new pot of money looks flawed.
Latest from the Eye:
Don't Get Stuck in Hotel California Paying For No Congestion Relief
http://www.eyeontampabay.com/…/dont-get-stuck-in-hotel-cali…

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The scandalous Mayor of Nashville who is pushing a $5.4 BILLION rail boondoggle

She should resign!

Mayor Megan Barry said Wednesday she had an extramarital affair Metro Police Sgt. Robert Forrest Jr., an extraordinary admission that rocks the popular Nashville mayor's first term.
tennessean.com

Costly rail is about land use not mobility. Same stale special interests playbook is used over and over and over. Deep pocketed special interests raise millions and then try to "railroad" voters with half-truths and flat out lies about costly rail boondoggles. But when voters get informed, hear the truth, and get educated, these costly rail boondoggles can be overwhelmingly defeated. We wish NoTax4Tracks in Nashville well and much success!
https://www.tennessean.com/…/nashville-transit-…/1065823001/

The Citizens for Greater Mobility PAC — the fundraising arm boosting the mayor's transit push — is set submit their end-of-year campaign disclosure to the state Friday
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