The day he became mayor, David Briley took the bus to work. Later in the week, he used a ride-sharing service to retrieve his car from the shop.
Wednesday morning, just over a week after his inauguration, he used both as examples of how transportation is changing, and will change more, in and around in Nashville as the city continues to grow. It's part of his pitch for the city's proposed $5.4 billion mass-transit plan, which will appear on voters' ballots in a referendum less than two months from now.
That doesn't give Briley much time to get up to speed as a top advocate of the plan, long tied to his predecessor, Megan Barry, who resigned last week. Briley has been an outspoken supporter of the mass-transit plan since it was proposed in the fall, but his new role thrusts him more deeply into the center of a passionate debate over the city's future.