Viewpoint: Nashville needs a dedicated department of transportation

It is time for our city leaders to make the safety and efficiency of our transportation system a more urgent priority.

As Metro budget season is upon us, Mayor David Briley and the Metro Council must work to appropriately resource the manpower needed to achieve our long-overdue mobility goals, including a reconsideration of a standalone Metro department of transportation. It is not enough to invest in capital projects and contractors if we are not also investing in the Metro staff capacity and structure that will ensure those projects are effective, innovative and as cost-efficient as possible.

Today, Metro Public Works, which is responsible for much of our transportation needs, has fewer staff than it did in 2008, yet its volume of road-maintenance and sidewalk projects has increased dramatically.