Is there too much free parking in downtown Nashville?

Is there too much free parking in downtown Nashville? That surprising comment comes from a Metro councilmember who said free parking supplied by employers contributes to the city’s traffic problems.

Look around when you’re driving downtown.

How many cars to do you see with one person in them?

“Some 84% of people who work downtown, drive downtown alone. There, in a nutshell, is our traffic problem,”   said Angie Henderson, a Metro council member.

Henderson is calling on employers like Bridgestone Americas to incentivize their employees to avoid one-car, one-person commuting.

“If you have free parking at your employment, you are almost guaranteed to make that trip  alone,” she said.