The mayor of Nashville says transportation is not a public need in Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) – Nashville Mayor John Cooper released an official statement on Wednesday regarding the issue of entertainment transportation vehicles.

Initially, in February 2020, Mayor Cooper said it’s essential to make sure tourists visiting the City of Music have fun, but at what cost?

“The complete lack of local control over these entertainment vehicles in one of our busiest neighborhoods has created safety concerns and tremendous headaches for downtown businesses, residents and local commuters. By working with the state, we hope to ensure that downtown Nashville remains a fun, world-class tourism destination by implementing common sense policies that prevent traffic jams and disturbances to residents and businesses, “Mayor Cooper said in 2020.

This year, Governor Lee, along with a majority of state lawmakers, agreed to give Nashville the ability to solve their problems in the city, problems like “transportation.”

In March 2022, The Metro Council has passed a bill hoping to find a solution to the Nashville “transportation” problem. At the time, some party bus owners said that all the back and forth with the Metro Council on the matter had impacted business and prompted some people to get on a party bus.

“Is there a public need for these vehicles in Nashville? Not a private business interest. Not tourist desire. Not the market demand. But public necessity, “Mayor Cooper said in a statement.” I echo many thousands of Nashvillians when I say that Nashville does not need these vehicles. Indeed, these vehicles need not clog our public roads and bring trouble. of quality of life to our neighborhoods and our businesses “.

One of the popular rebuttals made by party vehicle operators is the contribution to Nashville’s economy due to the amount of revenue and tourists they attract; however, Mayor Cooper said after listening to residents, visitors, hotel managers, restaurant owners and convention organizers, the transportation detracted from the Nashville experience.

“The greatest risk is that the disruptive effects of these vehicles result in the loss of jobs downtown as office tenants move out and guests choose to travel elsewhere,” Mayor Cooper said.

Mayor Cooper added that he and other lawmakers had discussed the idea of ​​operational zones, the ban on alcohol, and the 11pm business closing time.

“I ran for mayor to make Nashville work for everyone. And right now, we have an impractical situation with dozens of party vehicles that only work for owners and motorcyclists who have a reckless disregard for quality of life. Help me solve this problem and protect the public interest. “

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