It might seem like an exaggeration, but there really is one piece of legislative language that could define the future of Middle Tennessee — because without it, the region’s mobility issues could take even longer to get the attention the public is clamoring for.

So what’s the key to Middle Tennessee’s future? Enabling legislation that would allow local officials to raise their own revenue, through a public referendum, for transit funding.

Currently, there is a provision within Gov. Bill Haslam’s…