Mayor Barry Statement on Passage of IMPROVE Act
April 19, 2017
Nashville Mayor Megan Barry has released the following statement upon passage of the IMPROVE Act (HB534/SB1221), which will raise revenues to fund highway and bridge improvements in Middle Tennessee and throughout the state, while creating a voter referendum option to generate dedicated revenues to fund public transit:
“This is a momentous day in Tennessee, as the General Assembly has voted to move our state forward on building the transportation infrastructure we need to remain competitive economically and improve the quality of life of our residents. I want to thank the entire Davidson County delegation for voting in support of Governor Bill Haslam’s IMPROVE Act, which contained the critical local option component that will let voters determine the future of transit in the Nashville area.
“I want to especially thank Governor Haslam, House Transportation Chairman Barry Doss, Senate Republican Leader Mark Norris, House Democratic Leader Craig Fitzhugh, the Middle Tennessee Mayors’ Caucus, and the many other groups and individuals who worked hard to pass this bill. While there is still work to be done to reconcile the legislation, I am confident that Governor Haslam will have the opportunity to sign this bill into law.”