September 20, 2013
Each year, thousands of people are injured or killed as the result of accidents while using public transportation. The Nashville Bus Accident Lawyers with Ponce Law explain that passenger buses often crash due to driver errors or faulty equipment.
Efforts are being made in Nashville to prevent such collisions after the Department of Transportation recently issued the city a $10 million grant to improve bus safety. According to a story released by News Channel 5, Mayor Karl Dean and the Metro Transit Authority’s Chief Executive Officer, Paul Ballard, made the announcement of the project on Sept. 6.
Reports indicate that the funds provided by the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant will be used to install new traffic signals along Murfreesboro Road so that they turn green when buses are approaching.
Buses will also be outfitted with technology that allows passengers to see an estimated time of arrival at the next stop. New bus shelters and other safety improvements are also slated fro completion utilizing the funds.
Lawmakers are also considering funding for a project that would create a lane of travel along roads strictly dedicated to the bus system.