Mayor John Cooper’s office has released a new and expanded draft of his $1.6 billion transportation plan, offering more details on proposed changes to public transit, sidewalks and more.
The new version of the plan includes further information on the $180 million “Better Bus” plan, which would expand the city’s fleet of buses, increase the amount of bus-stop shelters and expand service hours, among other improvements.
The plan also proposes $75 million for traffic safety and Vision Zero initiatives. Cooper pledged to pursue a Vision Zero plan — an international initiative to reduce traffic deaths — following a deadly year for pedestrians in 2019. The draft notes that traffic-calming plans and the installation of so-called smart signals would be in line with Vision Zero goals. Pedestrian safety remains a concerning issue in 2020 — a Tuesday morning hit-and-run on Dickerson Pike accounted for the third pedestrian fatality on that roadway