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With five weeks remaining until Nashville’s May 1 transit referendum, transit supporters are turning to the first place Nashville Predators in their latest round of television ads.
The new ad, released Thursday and paid for by the Citizens for Greater Mobility political action committee, features Predators announcers Hal Gill and Chris Mason, both former players, alongside team mascot Gnash stuck in traffic in their car. Gnash is driving the vehicle.
"This traffic is brutal," Mason says to Gill.
"We could skate downtown faster than this," Gill responds.
They then turn their heads to each other, get out of their car and do just that.
"Want a better way to get around traffic?" a narrator then says. "Go for transit: faster rides, safer sidewalks, and synchronized lights."
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The Predators earlier this year signed on to the Nashville For Transit Coalition, which is campaigning for the transit referendum for the Citizens for Mobility PAC, a group led by business and chamber of commerce leaders.
The team’s home, Bridgestone Arena, sits next to one of the entranceways proposed for a new downtown connection tunnel where light rail lines would feed into the city’s central business district.
Nashville voters are set to vote May 1 on a highly controversial plan – first proposed by former Mayor Megan Barry and now championed by Mayor David Briley – to increase four taxes, including a 1-cent increase to the sales tax, to pay for 26 miles of light rail on five major corridors, rapid transit on other roads, enhancements to city buses and other transit upgrades.
Early voting begins April 11.
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