To the editor:

Public transit so often is thought of as a big city problem. Most think long lines of cars at traffic lights and parking problems are Nashville’s concern. But those of us who travel our area’s highways realize traffic delays happen often outside the city center. The Nashville Chamber’s Vital Signs 2017 reported that 78% of those in the 10-county area interviewed saw a marked increase in the time they spent in traffic in the past year. As traffic continues to worsen, it could impact a lot more than just how long it takes us to get from one place to the next.

Robertson County residents enjoy a high-quality rural lifestyle: small-town comforts, coupled with access to world-class jobs, healthcare, entertainment, and educational opportunities nearby. We need to make sure our high quality of life remains as the region grows. Currently, 65% of our workers commute outside the county. I’d like to see that the quality of life we all enjoy doesn’t get spoiled because excessive commute times remove the possibility of enjoying both small town and city life. I’m interested in how we can make those commutes faster, safer, and more productive. I’m also interested in finding ways for our older residents and others unable to drive to have more opportunity to access this region’s world class resources and opportunities.

The Robertson County Chamber’s February 8 luncheon will be a talk about transit, featuring Steve Bland, C.E.O. of the Regional Transportation Authority, or the RTA.  The RTA has developed a 25-year strategic plan for the 10-county area, including Robertson County. I urge you to come to hear what that entails and engage in a discussion about the possibilities. The event is being held at 11:30 am, Thursday, February 8, at the Stokes Brown Public Library, 405 White Drive, Springfield. To attend, register with the Robertson County Chamber.

Howard Bradley, Mayor, Robertson County

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