Nashville AMP transit decision to be with next mayor

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If you have been keeping up with local Nashville news then you are aware of the proposed AMP bus line.  It would be 7.1 miles and run from St. Thomas Hospital in West Nashville to Five Points in East Nashville, connecting opposite ends of the city.  They system is known as Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and the smart transit technology combines the quality of a rail system with the cost-efficiency of rapid buses.  Because AMP would have dedicated transit lanes, it would move faster than a car stuck in traffic.

This could transform public transportation by offering a fast, convenient and affordable alternative to traveling by car.  The Nashville AMP transit system would provide more than 1.2 million trips a year.  There would be stations that have real-time arrival information, self-service fare collection kiosks and level boarding.  I am for this improvement to transportation in Nashville as it would be environmentally green as well as important to economic development.

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) notified Mayor Karl Dean on March 4, $27 million has been recommended for AMP in President Obama’s proposed FY 2015 budget.  The full project would request $75 million by Nashville over multiple consecutive fiscal years.

Recently Mayor Karl Dean announced that he will not seek state or local funding for the project in 2015.  This means that weather AMP will get off the ground or not will be up to the next administration.  According to Dean the funding decision stems from timing. The Amp project still needs approval from the Tennessee Department of Transportation and has to pass federal environmental impact studies, which have not been completed.

Weather we will have the Amp system in the future or not isn’t decided one thing is clear: Nashville needs transportation solutions as the city grows and roadways are increasingly crowded.   Please consider supporting Amp with the next administration for our city.