Monday, April 21, 2008

Nashville's "Landport" cost taxpayers $4.5 mil 10 yrs

ago but is still padlocked. Why? Because the only access was the deteriorating Demonbreun Street Bridge and officials knew the bridge was a problem BEFORE the landport was built!!

Thank you Nancy Amons and WSMV for informing the taxpayers.

The landport, which is located just off Demonbreun Street, is not used for much, but it was once envisioned as a transportation hub.

Former U.S. Rep. Bob Clement earmarked federal funds to have it built. And at the groundbreaking 13 years ago, its future was bright with the hopes of passenger trains, a bus transfer station and more. At present, the landport, in which $4.5 million was invested, is padlocked.

"We think it's a great location for the future," said Metro Transit Authority representative Paul Ballard.

The MTA owns the landport, which was begun under a former CEO. Currently, MTA uses what was going to be a ticket office as office space for four workers. There is a bus stop there, but on four out of five days, no one gets on or off.

So what went wrong with the Clement Landport?